Defense Department Comptroller Mike McCord said DoD’s fiscal 2017 budget plan has been developed to address the diverse needs of all U.S. military agencies across operational domains and geographic areas, DoD News reported Monday.
Jim Garamone writes McCord’s office considered the challenges posed by Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and terrorist groups to the U.S. as his office crafted the $583-billion defense budget for the next fiscal year.
“It’s not acceptable to say I can only afford to do three or four of these,” he told audience at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event Monday.
“We have to be able to do them all.”
He noted a two-year budget agreement that Congress passed in 2015 offers some fiscal stability for DoD planners, military branches and contractors but the expiration of the deal “leaves the question open again for where we are going on defense resources.”