WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAVY) - The Department of Defense's Fiscal Year 2014 budget released Wednesday calls for drastic cuts as well as possible BRAC.
The budget proposal calls for $150 billion in cuts to defense spending over the next 10 years, compared with the $500 million in savings mandated by sequestration.
If approved by congress, the budget could offer an alternative to sequestration, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
"We have as a representative government an opportunity to get beyond that and hopefully find a budget resolution both from the Congress and the president. That will allow us, not only some new flexibilities, but some new numbers," Hagel said.
The budget breaks down as following:
- The Navy gets the largest share of the budget, receiving almost $156 billion
- The Air Force gets a little more than $144 billion
- The Army gets just under $130 billion.
Defense-wide, the budget includes an additional $96.7 billion. The total budget for 2014 approaches $527 billion.
However, the budget also calls for a second round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC in 2015). The actual closing of any bases would not start until 2016.
This has prompted fears from some local analysts that NAS Oceana might end up on that list.
Oceana's commanding officer, Capt. Bob Geis thinks that is unlikely.
"I'd be surprised if the Navy decided that we are eventually not [going to] need Oceana. I mean... Oceana is the master jet base for the east coast," Geis said.
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