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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

  No. 0090-08
IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 04, 2008

Fiscal Year 2009 Department Of Defense Budget Released

President George W. Bush today sent to Congress his Defense budget for Fiscal Year 2009. The budget provides $515.4 billion in discretionary authority for the Department of Defense (DoD), a $35.9 billion or 7.5 percent increase over the enacted level for Fiscal Year 2008.

The Fiscal Year 2009 budget reflects the President’s priorities and sustains his commitment to prevail in the Global War on Terror; increase ground combat capabilities; improve force readiness; develop the combat capabilities needed to meet future threats; and improve the quality of life for Service members and their families.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said, “the President’s budget for FY 2009 provides the resources necessary to maintain an agile, highly trained, and lethal fighting force, increase Army and Marine Corps end strength, and sustain the United States’ technological advantage over current and potential enemies.” Specifically, the Department’s request:

  • Maintains a highly trained fighting force of 2.2 million soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines;
  • Recruits, trains and equips 65,000 additional active duty soldiers and 27,000 additional Marines over five years;
  • Provides pay increases of 3.4 percent for military members, improves benefits for the all-volunteer force, and increases pay 2.9 percent for the civilian workforce;
  • Provides world-class health care for 9.2 million eligible Service members, families, and retirees;
  • Procures and maintains an arsenal of the world’s most advanced weapon systems;
  • Improves warfighting capabilities and invests in science and technology to maintain U.S. advantage over the Nation’s enemies;
  • Maintains 545,000 facilities at 5,300 sites in the U.S. and around the globe; and
  • Maintains vital intelligence capabilities.
Key highlights are outlined in the attached document. The Fiscal Year 2009 budget is posted at www.budget.mil .



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