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Mackenzie Eaglen: Bipartisan Budget Deal Could Offer ‘Modest’ 2016 Defense Funding Boost

PentagonThe Defense Department can expect approximately $510 billion in fiscal 2016 base spending if Congress adopts a follow-on version of the 2013 Ryan-Murray budget deal, according to Mackenzie Eaglen, defense analyst at the American Enterprise Institute.

Eaglen wrote in an opinion piece published Wednesday on Breaking Defense the 2016 defense budget estimate would represent a “modest” sequestration-level funding increase of $11 billion to the department.

She forecasts that overseas contingency operations funds will not be capped under a Bipartisan Budget Act framework.

A similar Ryan-Murray deal could increase allocation for defense and non-defense programs by as much as $142 billion in the next two fiscal years, according to Eaglen.

She projected a budget package like that might cut $165 billion in federal deficit over the next decade.

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