FY21 Defense Budget Breakdown: What to Know

March 5, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The fiscal 2021 budget request is basically flat – no increase from fiscal 2020 – but the mix is changing, reflecting tough choices in the Pentagon not only this year but in the years ahead. Highlights include:

  • $289 billion for Operation and Maintenance programs – base operations, equipment maintenance, professional services contractors – no change from fiscal 2020
  • More money for research, development, test and evaluation – $106.6 billion, a 2% increase with key long-term investments in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and autonomy
  • $136.9 billion for procurement – ships, planes, trucks, radios – 5% decrease from fiscal 2020
  • Congressional reactions to the budget – what changes are likely to be met with resistance



Cameron Leuthy
Senior Budget Analyst
Bloomberg Government

Cameron Leuthy is a senior budget analyst with Bloomberg Government. Leuthy's expertise includes budget activity, national security policy, and identifying the largest professional services opportunities in the federal market. He has more than 20 years of experience in analyzing budgets and legislation at the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Defense, and at Booz Allen Hamilton. He has a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and an MPA from the University of Washington. Follow me @CLeuthy

Robert Levinson
Senior Defense Analyst
Bloomberg Government

Robert Levinson is a Senior Defense Analyst with Bloomberg Government. He specializes in analyzing DOD spending trends, budget activity, and identifying the largest opportunities being released at the Pentagon. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force with more than 20 years of service. Levinson worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as a strategic communications consultant. He has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master’s from the University of California, and is a Harvard Kennedy School for Senior Executives graduate. Follow him @levinsor

Dan Snyder
Director, Government Contracts Analysis
Bloomberg Government

Dan Snyder is Bloomberg Government’s director of government contracting analysis. He specializes in identifying the largest contracts in the government market and advising clients on custom research engagements. Prior to joining Bloomberg, he served as an analyst focusing on GSA/VA Federal Supply Schedule consulting. He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Siena College and Masters in Business Administration and an M.S. in government contracts at The George Washington University. Follow me @DanielSnyder22

Roxana Tiron
Senior Reporter
Bloomberg Government

Roxana Tiron is a senior national security reporter, covering the intersection of politics and defense and regularly interviews lawmakers, top lobbyists and Pentagon officials. Her work has been featured on Bloomberg Radio, C-SPAN, Government Matters and MSNBC. Previously, Tiron worked for Bloomberg News, The Hill newspaper and National Defense Magazine and reported from Kosovo, Middle East and Asia. While a Washington Center for Politics and Journalism Fellow, she worked at CNN. She holds a MS from Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.