Some of this, we already knew. The Pentagon is set to request $525 billion for fiscal 2013, with another $88.4 billion for overseas contingency operations, mostly in Afghanistan. Those numbers are down from $531 billion and $115 billion for fiscal 2012.
We've also managed to get our hands on other bits of information that have been strategically leaked over the past several weeks, but a Reuters story that crossed the wires Saturday afternoon gives us some more hard numbers. Try this on for size:
The Pentagon's $525 billion budget plan for fiscal 2013 calls for spending of $178.8 billion to develop and buy new warships, fighter jets and other major weapons, a 7.5 percent drop from the level initially projected for the coming year, according to a detailed budget document obtained by Reuters.
The total acquisition spending amount is about 12.2 percent down from the level the Pentagon requested in last year's budget, the document shows.
The fiscal 2013 plan foresees spending of $109.1 billion for procurement and $69.7 billion for research and development, compared with earlier projections of $117.6 billion for procurement and $75.7 billion for R&D.
It looks like Joint Strike Fighter funding will remain about the same as the 2012 request, although spending on all aircraft programs should drop to $47 billion from $54 billion in fiscal 2012, according to the report. The drop is attributable mostly to the 41 percent cut in funding for the C-130J, and a 32 percent cut in funding for the V-22 Osprey, which is scheduled to fall to $1.91 billion from $2.8 billion in fiscal 2012. For those scoring at home, that means the production rate for the Osprey will fall to 21 planes, down from 35 2012.
The Navy’s shipbuilding programs are slated to dip slightly to from $24 billion to $22.6 billion, which would “fund 2 Virginia-class nuclear attack submarines, 2 DDG-51 destroyers, 4 Littoral Combat Ships and the first year of construction of a second new aircraft carrier.”
When it comes to the Army, not only is the service trimming about 80,000 soldiers form its ranks over the next five years, but its spending on ground vehicles overall is tapped to fall from $16 billion to $10.9 billion, a full 32 percent plunge. The service apparently plans to spend $117 million to continue developing the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle for the Army and Marine Corps—a drop from the fiscal 2012 request for $172 million. There are no numbers on the Ground Combat Vehicle, but we've been told that the program is set to take at least a $1.7 billion hit in its 2013 funding due to the protest filed by SAIC over not being awarded a technology development contract late last year.
But here’s the good news: funding for the AH-64 Apache helicopter will actually rise by 55 percent, which will bankroll 40 refurbished birds, with 10 new aircraft. That’s good news for Apache maker Boeing, as well as Northrop Grumman and Lockheed, who also have a big stake in the platform.
Lots lots lots more on Monday....