Navy Budget Request Involved Tough Choices
Navy Budget Request Involved
Tough Choices, Official Says
Navy News Service.
Washington D.C. – (NNS)
– March 5, 2014 – The Navy Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request reflects
tough, but responsible choices, a senior Navy official said at a Pentagon news
The budget request is part of the $495.6 billion defense
budget proposal President Barack Obama submitted to Congress.
Rear Adm. William Lescher, deputy assistant secretary of the
Navy for budget, briefs reporters on the Navy's fiscal year 2015 budget request
at the Pentagon, March 4, 2014
Rear Adm. William K. Lescher, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy
for budget, briefed reporters about the Navy and Marine Corps portion of the
budget request. "Our budget comes during a period of increased fiscal austerity
and uncertainty, and at a time when the combatant commanders' demand for naval
forces continues at very high levels," Lescher said. "There were tough choices
made in developing this budget, but it provides the resources that allow us to
preserve our warfighting advantage in a thoughtful, responsible way."
This year's budget submission prioritizes funding for forward
presence and continues to make critical investments in people and future
capabilities, the admiral said.
The proposed budget sustains presence by providing money for
ship steaming, flight hours, maintenance and base operations. It funds
amphibious ready group and carrier strike group deployments, supports the three
ballistic missile defense-capable destroyers joining the USS Donald Cook in
Rota, Spain, in fiscal 2015, and provides continued support for the rebalance to
the Pacific, with $46.8 billion overall in operations and maintenance.
Additional investments are proposed for retaining sailors
through the Quality of Service initiative. The Navy seeks to reduce manning gaps
at sea and improve the sea-to-shore flow of personnel.
The Navy has also requested $38.4 billion for ship, aircraft,
weapons and other procurement for programs, including the littoral combat ship,
P-8A Poseidon aircraft, Virginia-class submarines and the Mk-48 heavy weight
Research and development priorities include the Ohio-class
replacement submarine, next generation jammer and Unmanned Carrier Launched
Airborne Surveillance and Strike, as well as developing electromagnetic spectrum
and cyber capabilities.
The Navy’s fiscal 2015 budget request is a $15 billion
decrease from the level forecast in last year's budget submission and is a $38
billion reduction over the Future Year Defense Plan from the fiscal 2014
presidential budget. "We're confident this budget makes the right choices where
needed," Lescher said. "Within our fiscal limitations, this is the budget to
continue to ensure near- and long-term wholeness, and to remain the world's most
Fiscal Year 2015 Navy Department Budget Request Information
Special Report: Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal