Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Pentagon seeks $686.1 billion to 'restore and rebuild' United States military

Pentagon seeks $686.1 billion to 'restore and rebuild' United States military

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".

Part of the request is $24 billion to modernize the so-called "nuclear triad", the land, sea and air-based strategic arsenal.

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 USA war against terrorists in Afghanistan; and $15.2 billion would go towards the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The problem, Harrison says, is that the budgets have been stretched by rising personnel costs, more expensive technology investments and other factors, compounded by the cumulative effects of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. It would also provide for 10 new navy ships, including three destroyers and two Virginia-class attack submarines.

"Each of those countries has made huge strides both in range and lethality since that assessment, and the Pentagon's thinking about the threat, and planning for it, hasn't received the public airing that it should have until now", the official was quoted as saying. Another $211 million would hire 750 additional Border Patrol agents, slowly moving towards Trump's goal of eventually hiring 5,000.

The fiscal 2019 request asks for 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at the cost of $10.7 billion, compared to the fiscal 2018 request for 70 F-35 jets. "If they stop, we'll stop, but they're not stopping".

It's the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion.

Half of the amount would go to incentive grants, while $50 billion would go to rural projects, including broadband internet construction.

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Tucked away in this section is the provision for "Real Property Reforms" that would allow the government to sell off "unneeded Federal facilities" for private use, "potentially spurring local economic development". An estimated 64,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available.

The Pentagon budget request for 2019 puts the military on a course of spending unmatched since the Reagan-era buildup, boosting the number of troops, warplanes and bombs, according to documents and analysts.

However, the exorbitant defense package could come across many hurdles in Congress as officials debate the finer details of the proposed spending plan.

The policy bill included money for as many as 28 additional Ground-Based Interceptors - anti-missile missiles that would be launched from underground silos in Alaska in the event the US made a decision to try to shoot down a North Korean missile heading toward the United States.

NASA is getting a mixed bag, with the $19.6 billion budget slightly over what it received in 2018, but $61 million less than in 2017.

The Pentagon would spend $48.9 billion in Afghanistan, almost $2 billion more than last year, while the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria would receive $15.3 billion, an increase of $2.3 billion over last year. The budget proposes to end direct United States government funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025 and "provides $150 million to begin a program that would encourage commercial development of capabilities that NASA can use in its place." . The compromise approved last week in the House and the Senate to avoid monthly shutdown threats has already allocated $57 billion more to domestic spending programs, for example. But they're likely to follow closely the defense policy bill approved by Congress late a year ago.

At the same time the Trump administration's budget proposal included major cuts for global diplomacy and overseas aid.

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