Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach writes about current Pentagon spending levels in the latest PeaceSigns.
The budget agreement reached in December keeps some of the automatic “sequestration” cuts in place for the Pentagon but softens the blow by spreading them out over more years. Compared to drawdowns after previous wars, Pentagon spending will still remain at historically high levels.
In mid-January Congress approved spending levels for the current year that give additional flexibility to the Pentagon by putting more money than requested into the “war funding” account, intended primarily for military activities in Afghanistan. Budget analyst Winslow Wheeler calls this extra funding a “slush fund” which the Pentagon can use as it wishes.
For a report and spiritual reflection on Pentagon spending levels, click here.