Pentagon plans little change to war budget despite Afghan exit
Published on Mar 5, 2014 6:06 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon has proposed only a slight decrease in war funding in 2015, even though most or all US troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, officials said on Tuesday.
"Overseas contingency operations" funds are separate from the Pentagon's "base" budget and have been used to finance wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and counter-terrorism efforts elsewhere for more than a decade.
After President Barack Obama came into office, his deputies vowed to shift the war spending back into the Pentagon's main budget.
But the Defense Department's proposed budget released on Tuesday calls for US$79.4 billion (S$100.7 billion) in war funding for fiscal year 2015, nearly the same as in the current year.
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