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Rep. Rob Wittman: Pentagon Should Shift War Funds into Base Budget

Rob Wittman
Rep. Rob Wittman

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness subcommittee, has asked the Defense Department to transition its war funding to its baseline budget, Defense News reported Tuesday.

Marcus Weisgerber writes that Wittman wants the Pentagon’s $58.6 billion overseas contingency operations budget for fiscal year 2015 to be converted into base spending accounts.

“The operations that are ongoing right now are all ones that we know, that should be back in the base budget so we can have a continuity of strategy and of proper resourcing so you don’t have these two dialogues that go on,” Wittman told a defense writers group breakfast on Tuesday.

“We have to get OCO back into the base budget because supplemental appropriations in the future are going to be … a thing of the past,” he added.

Defense News reports lawmakers have called on the Pentagon to present additional details in order to match portions of the overseas contingency budget with both the funding requirements for operations in Afghanistan and for enduring missions.

Weisgerber writes Pentagon’s OCO budget request for fiscal 2015 also covers $1 billion for European security assistance and $4 billion for counterterrorism operating costs.

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