UPDATED 6:38 AM PT — Tues. February 13, 2018
The Pentagon is asking for increased funds in order to modernize its nuclear arsenal and missile defense systems.
The request is part of the Pentagon’s $686 billion budget proposal, released Monday, which comes on the heels of the administration’s nuclear posture review.
The review was released last month, and calls for the modernization of the U.S. nuclear arsenal to act as a deterrent for countries such as Russia and China.
The request calls for $24 billion for nuclear deterrence, and nearly $13 billion for missile defense technology.
The president has called for the modernization of the American arsenal, reiterating his demands during his State of the Union Address.