Current Music: In the Nursery -- Bombed
Obama's defence budget request is up 1.7% on last year in real terms, much of that in wages—plus some extra, extra treasure for his Asian campaigns, which will be funded to the tune of nearly double the rest of the budget. (If it wasn't for Godwin I'd mention Russia in winter.)
I notice that even though the total missile defence allocation is down nearly 30%, this budget increases funding for the AEGIS ballistic missile defence system by 60%, and for the high tech THAAD small-to-medium missile defence system by 25% (and the latter's completion date has been brought forward from 2011 to this year).
The missile defence allocation also includes a new $119M "Israeli Cooperative" item. It strikes me that if Gazan qassams were no longer any kind of threat (and Iranian Shahab-3s seemed a little less existential), even Bibi might be brought to the table.