PENTAGON ASKS CONGRESS FOR $585.3bn IN FY 2016

The Pentagon and White House are asking Congress for $585.3 billion to fund the country’s defense. $534.3bn is base budget money and an increase of $38.2bn from the prior year. The challenge here of course is that the requested amount exceeds the sequester cap of $498bn as mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

If approved as written, the Army will see $126.5bn, $152.9bn is earmarked for the U.S.A.F. and $161bn for the Navy. The remaining $144.9bn will go to fun overseas contingencies and DoD programs to include the F-35Lightning II, P-8s, E-2D Hawkeye, KC-46 tankers, Cyber Security, MQ-9 Reaper.

The budget also proposes a reduction of 11,300 in total force military strength; leaving the Armed Services with final force structure of 1.3 million active duty soldiers, 811,000 reserve personnel and 773,000 civilian full-time equivalents.

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