U.S. Defense Budget Request Expected in Mid-March

The FY20 defense budget request, originally scheduled for release this week, was pushed back because of the temporary government shutdown.  Reports now indicate the request has been delayed by more than a month, and will not be released until mid-March.

Sources have said the defense budget request will come out the week of March 11.  However, the initial release may be a “skinny budget,” which would only provide a general summary of the request along with topline figures.  The full budget with detailed documents could come out on March 18.

A portion of the government is currently being kept open through the use of a temporary spending bill that expires on February 15, and lawmakers are currently working on a final FY19 budget agreement to cover the rest of the year.  It is possible that the release of the FY20 defense budget request could be impacted if these negotiations are prolonged.

About Shaun McDougall

As editor of International Military Markets, North America, Shaun has cultivated a deep understanding of the vast defense markets in the United States and Canada. Shaun's perspective on defense procurement and budget issues has been cited in a variety of defense periodicals, including Defense News and National Defense Magazine. Further, Shaun played an integral role in the development of Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast product, which offers an unprecedented level of insight into the Pentagon's acquisition budget. In addition to providing original analytical content for the U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, Shaun oversees an internal defense budget forecasting process involving Forecast International's team of skilled systems analysts following release of the DoD's annual budget request. Shaun is also in charge of managing Forecast International's Weapons Inventory database.

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