The Pentagon’s FY21 budget request includes cuts to the department’s fourth estate agencies. Bill Greenwalt, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, says that efforts to find efficiencies at these agencies are a yearly part of the budget process.
“The fourth estate keeps growing, and every year either Congress is looking for management efficiencies or the past administrations are looking for the same. It seems like we have been cutting this $5-6 billion for quite a long time,” Greenwalt said. “I think from what I am hearing, there is an effort to actually put some things on the table that are going to make some tough choices for Congress to make. The problem with this 5.7 billion is that Congress is going to have to make those choices. In doing so, there’s constituency for every one of these cuts, and that’s extremely difficult to get through. There will be calls to plus it out from somewhere else, get the money from somewhere else and we’ll see how it goes.”