The Honduran National Congress has little say in
the armed forces spends the defense budget. Congress
single lump-sum amount, with little debate or itemization
oversight. The chief of the armed forces has the authority
all final spending decisions for the military.
During the 1980s, increases in the defense budget were
military assistance from the United States in the form of
Military Sales (FMS), the Military Assistance Program
the International Military Education Training (IMET)
(see United States Military Assistance and Training
, this ch.).
1983 and 1989, these programs provided Honduras with a
average of US$47.59 million in military assistance. The
peace in Central America led to a sharp drop in military
after 1991--down from US$33.5 in 1991 to US$16.3 million
and to only US$2.7 million in 1993. The rise in foreign
and subsequent dramatic reductions had a corresponding
Honduran military expenditures.
Honduran military spending averaged US$72.4 million a
between 1982 and 1988, reaching a peak of US$126 million
Later, during 1992 and 1993, the official defense budgets
only US$44.2 million. At the beginning of the 1994
budget process, it appeared likely that military
drop further. The sharp decline in spending has led to
reductions in the size and capabilities of the armed
(see The Armed Forces
, this ch.).
Data as of December 1993