No Major Cuts for DISA in 2015 Budget Request

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brian Sears relays an update to his platoon commander during an exercise at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brian Sears relays an update to his platoon commander during an exercise at Camp Pendleton, Calif. U.S. Marine Corps

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But White House communications take a $20.9 million hit.

The 2015 budget request for the Defense Information Systems Agency reflects the reality that even a slimmed down Defense Department still needs global connectivity.

DISA’s 2015 budget request for operations and maintenance -- which keeps its networks running on a daily basis -- took only a $12 million hit from its 2014 budget, and still stands at a robust $1.3 billion dollars after you do the rounding things.

The agency’s requested research and development budget slipped a modest $6 million to $216 million, from $222 million in 2014.

The top-line DISA budget does not contain totals for its procurement accounts request, but instead details 12 “major equipment projects” including $80 million for the worldwide Defense Information Systems Network, up a modest $3 million from $77 million in 2014.

Evidently President Obama has enough communications gadgets to take care of him for the next year, as the White House Communications Agency requested $33.4 million in its procurement budget, down $20.9 million from $54.3 million in 2014.

A Pentagon spokesman told me more will be revealed next  Tuesday (March 11), when DISA releases a more detailed, line-item budget.

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