Naval War College Review

Article Title

Research and Debate


Eric J. Labs


Since 11 September 2001, the U.S. defense budget has risen by about 25 percent, after factoring out inflation. The reasons for such an increase are numerous: si- multaneously fighting wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, increases in military pay and benefits, and more money for some major weapons programs. In this same time period, money devoted to building the Navy’s ships has only bounced around. In fiscal year 2001, the Navy spent $12 billion on ships. The Presi- dent’s request for ships in 2005 is $11 billion. Why might this be the case?