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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Preliminary assessment of efficiency initiatives announced by Secretary of Defense Gates on August 9, 2010

Stephen Daggett
Specialist in Defense Policy and Budgets

On August 9, 2010, Secretary of Defense Gates announced a number of efficiency initiatives intended to contribute to a Defense Department effort to achieve about $100 billion of savings over the next five years. The Defense Department's intent is not to reduce the defense “top line” budget, but, rather, to apply any savings to finance currently planned programs. Below, in a table format, is an order-of-magnitude analysis of amounts of money currently spent in each of the major areas Secretary Gates identified for savings.

Date of Report: August 12, 2010
Number of Pages: 5
Order Number: M-081210
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