Data provided above are derived from sometimes inconsistent and conflicting sources. Retrospectively published budget data often conflicts with originally published budget data; the difference for a specific year can consist of several million dollars.
Post World War II budget statistics can be particularly confusing. Two important categories of fiscal data from that era are Total Obligational Authority (TOA) and Budget Authority (BA). Total Obligational Authority represents the value of direct defense programs for each fiscal year, regardless of financing. Budget Authority permits the obligation of funds for immediate and future disbursement and is associated with the year the authority takes effect. Generally, the difference between TOA and BA stems from the application of receipts that offset total budget authority.
Statistics for the years 1789 to 1793 are administrative budget figures taken from Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, Part 2 (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1975): 1114-1115.
Statistics for the years 1794 to 1960 are taken from the "Amount appropriated" column of Statement 8, "Expenditures of the Navy, 1794 through 30 June1960" in the 1960 edition of Financial Report Fiscal Year 1960 by the Department of the Navy, Office of the Comptroller (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1960): 43-44.
Statistics for 1961, 1962 and 1963 are taken from the "Financial Summary" in the 1969 annual report of the Secretary of Defense.
Statistics for 1964 through 1977 are taken from the "Appropriation Summary" in the March 1978 edition of Historical Budget Data by the Department of the Navy, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office,1978): 4-6.
Statistics for 1978 through 1984 are taken from the "Appropriation Summary" in the February 1985 edition of Historical Budget Databy the Department of the Navy, Office of the Comptroller (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office,1985):4-5.
Statistics from 1985 to 2002 are taken from the "Department of Defense - Budget Authority by Component" tables in the 1989, 1992, 1998, 2002, and 2005 annual reports of the Secretary of Defense. These published sources are widely available in libraries including US Government Depository libraries. The annual editions of The Budget of the United States Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30 also contain budget totals for categories ranging from types of military personnel to aircraft, ships, facilities, construction, medicine and ordnance, etc.
Data for 2003-2014 is derived from the annual editions of: US Navy. Office of Budget. Highlights of the Department of the Navy FY [year] Budget.
Budget totals for the years 1961 through 1984 are Total Obligational Authority (TOA) totals.
Budget totals for the years 1985 through 2004 are Budget Authority (BA) totals.
Konstantin F. Wild prepared this budget presentation during a Summer 2016 Internship at the Navy Department Library.