ARLINGTON: No one knows what the 2016 budget is really going to be. In fact, no one can even plan properly for what it might be, the highest-ranking budgeteer in Army uniformmade clear this morning.
The uncertainty is coming at the Pentagon from two sides at the same time. On the demand side, there’s the possibility of another unexpected crisis that require a military response, like this year’s trifecta of Russian aggression, the self-proclaimed Islamic State, and Ebola. On the supply side, there’s the prospect of so-called sequestration cuts to the military budget, which seem increasingly unavoidable but whose exact amounts and mechanisms are still very much up in the air.