State seeks massive budget cuts

State seeks massive budget cuts

Earlier, the Pentagon unveiled a mammoth budget proposal for fiscal 2019 that would see a more than 10 per cent boost in spending and add thousands more troops across the U.S. military services.

Of the $89 billion war-funding budget, $17.4 billion of it would go towards the Pentagon's base budget; $48.9 billion would go towards the US war against terrorists in Afghanistan; and $15.2 billion would go towards the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Russian Federation already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE has often spoken about modernizing and bulking up the USA nuclear arsenal, saying in his State of the Union last month that it needs to be made "so strong and so powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression by any other nation".

The call for a substantial increase in defense spending also comes months after two Navy guided-missile destroyers collided with civilian cargo ships in the western Pacific, killing 17 sailors.

The $1.4 trillion going to the military over the next two years will be directed more to building the lethality and capabilities of the force rather than the services' end strengths in an effort to establish dominance, according to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. THAAD caused great controversy when it was deployed to South Korea past year, including objections from China that it was destabilizing as its radars in South Korea could see into China.

Norquist along with Army Lt. Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi, the Joint Staff's director of force structure, resources and assessment, unveiled the Pentagon's proposed budget for fiscal year 2019.


Congress recently gave the military a $165 billion gift by rolling back restrictive caps on defense spending levels.

In 2017, the a year ago of the previous USA administration, the department spent $55.6 billion, so if Congress - which is working on a joint budget for 2018 and 2019 - had approved the 2018 request, it would have meant a more than 30 per cent cut. By 2023, the Navy would increase by 16,900, the Marine Corps by 1,400, and the Air Force by 13,700, increasing the active-duty military to 1,365,500.

"We are stretched too thin", Harrison said Friday.

"Modernizing the nation's nuclear delivery systems is the department's number one priority, and these programs are fully funded in the [fiscal] 2019 budget", the Pentagon's budget proposal reads. "If the Department of Defense does not continue to reform and make smart cuts even when the budget is growing, it will just get fatter not stronger". Trump has added several thousand troops in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon is proposing to spend hundreds of millions more in 2019 on missile defense.

Nonmilitary discretionary spending was set at $591 billion for 2018. When combined with overseas contingency, or war, accounts that aren't subject to spending caps, total discretionary spending for the Pentagon will rise to $700 billion this year and $716 billion next year. The budget proposal is significantly larger than the Pentagon's 2018 request for $617 billion.

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