Enacted on 1 August 2011, the Budget Control Act (BCA) as amended
sets limits on defense spending between FY2012 and FY2021 that are
playing a significant role in the debate about the appropriate
level of defense spending. Each year, if Congress enacts a spending
level that exceeds BCA caps for the defense base budget, the
President is required to sequester or levy across-the-board cuts to
each type of defense spending to meet the BCA caps. These spending
levels are sometimes referred to as revised or "sequester" caps.
War-designated funding (for "Overseas Contingency Operations") is
not subject to BCA caps. To help frame the choices about how to
respond to the BCA revised or "sequester" caps on defense spending,
this book explains congressional adjustments of the caps and
Administration reactions; describes the Administration's position
and DOD concerns; analyzes defense spending levels in the FY2016
annual budget resolution; places BCA caps in historical
perspective; outlines different types of savings that could help
comply with the caps; analyses DOD's current plan for compliance,
and describes budget uncertainties faced by DOD in responding to
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