Dallas, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/03/2013 -- Barak Obama was re-elected President in November 2012. While details regarding the president’s defense policy are awaited at the time of writing (November 2012), the United States is expected to continue with its plans to withdraw the bulk of its forces from Afghanistan by 2015.
As the US reduces its footprint in the country, it will hand over an increasing share of the security burden to the Afghan National Army and police force.
The eventual withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan is expected to yield significant savings to the Department of Defense budget. For fiscal year (FY) 2013, President Obama has requested US$525.4bn. During the next decade, the Pentagon is expected to make budget savings of up to US$487bn, which will be achieved, in part, by the cessation of military operations in Afghanistan.
Over the long term, the US will make a major reduction in the size of its strategic nuclear weapons inventory. Currently, around 5,000 operational and reserve nuclear warheads are in the possession of the US armed forces, including around 200 tactical nuclear weapons. The New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) agreement between Russia and the US will see the Department of Defense reduce its air-launched and sea-launched nuclear weapons delivery systems.
Although ballistic missile defense efforts proved highly controversial during the administration of President George W. Bush, they have continued, albeit in a different form, under President Obama’s administration. The Missile Defense Agency, the branch of the Pentagon supervising ballistic missile defense initiatives, is currently pursuing several programs aimed at destroying ballistic missiles during their boost, ascent, mid course and terminal phases of flight.
Missile defense technology is only one area that the Pentagon is pouring significant funds. The Department of Defense continues to pursue several major defense acquisition projects, not least of which is the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning-II Joint Strike Fighter family of combat aircraft. This is in addition to scores of other programs across all five US armed services. The abiding raison d’être of many of these initiatives is to make the force more agile and deployable, while at the same time improving the connectivity between soldiers, vehicles, weapons and command and control systems.
Since Q412, BMI has made some changes to the United States Defense and Security Report. These include full details regarding future and ongoing procurement programs across the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
Details regarding procurement activities performed by all four services during Q412.
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