UPDATED 8:44 AM PT — Tues. February 13, 2018
The Trump administration’s 2019 budget proposal looks to expand military spending as part of efforts to combat global threats and to help keep Americans safe.
President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 defense budget seeks to “reverse years of military erosion.”
The Department of Defense sent the proposal to Congress Monday, requesting more than $686 billion in spending.
The DOD’s Chief Financial Officer David Norquist said this is necessary to ensure the U.S. negotiates from a “position of strength” when dealing with aggression from countries like China, Iran, and North Korea as highlighted in recently released security documents.
In response to these threats, the department is calling for increased military spending.
Much of the money will be used to rebuild the navy fleet with plans to construct 10 new vessels, including destroyers and Virginia-class submarines.
Additionally, efforts will be made to modernize the country’s nuclear weapons systems, raise production of combat aircraft, and hire almost 26,000 military personnel by the end of the fiscal year.
In keeping with President Trump’s promise to “take great care of our military,” the budget also includes the largest pay raise for service members in nearly a decade.
This growth comes after Congress recently lifted restrictive defense spending caps as part of the budget agreement.
The proposal is now under congressional review.