Pentagon seeks to counter China with $842 billion budget request
The Pentagon is asking Congress for 842 billion dollars next year, its largest ever budget request. The Defense Department says the budget’s number one priority is to counter China both now and in the decades to come.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks: “Our greatest measure of success and the one we use around here most often is to make sure the PRC leadership wakes up every day, considers the risks of aggression and concludes today is not the day.”
The proposal calls for a 30.6 billion dollar investment in munitions. It’s a priority, because the war in Ukraine is using munitions faster than the US and NATO allies are currently making them.
Defense officials want about 10 billion, specifically for long range weapons like hypersonic missiles, Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, Extended Range Air to Surface Missiles and long range anti-ship missiles.
The Pentagon says this will help deter aggression in the Indo-Pacific, or if necessary, prevail.
Hicks: “When it comes to munitions, make no mistake: We are buying to the limits of the industrial base even as we are expanding those limits, and we’re continuing to cut through red tape and accelerate timelines.”
Other deterrents include 9.1 billion for new air bases, better missile warning and tracking systems, and better defense systems for Guam and Hawaii. Want more Defense news? stick with Straight Arrow News where we have updates every week on the war in Ukraine, and new military technologies. Count on us for unbiased, straight facts.