Defense.gov News Release: Fiscal 2007 Department of Defense Budget is Released Defense.gov News Release: DOD Releases Fiscal 2012 Budget Proposal The Bush budget was $439.3B. Obama requested $671B. Bush's budget only lists discretionary budget whereas Obama has discretionary and OCO. We were out of Iraq in 2011. How could we be spending more for defense when we were only fighting one war rather than two? Average Monthly Boots On the Ground in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2007 was 172,000 and in 2012 it was 67,500. Something does not add up and I mean that quite literally.