Feb. 17, 2011—The Air Force's Fiscal 2012 budget request includes $119 billion to support the service's baseline activities, $16.4 billion to fund its operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and $30.9 billion to cover its share of defense-wide activities, such as special operations, intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance, and military health care. Together those three areas amount to a request of $166.3 billion, $4.5 billion shy of the $170.8 billion that the service asked for in Fiscal 2011. There's still been no Fiscal 2011 spending bill enacted, even though the current fiscal year is in its fifth month. Instead, the Pentagon has been operating under a more restrictive continuing resolution, or CR, that provides less funding. The primary differences between the Air Force's Fiscal 2012 and Fiscal 2011 proposals are found in the overseas contingency operations fund. The Fiscal 2012 request is $4.4 billion less since all US troops will be out of Iraq by the end of 2011, said Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers, the Air Force’s deputy assistant secretary for budget.
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