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THE TOPLINE: The Pentagon Friday released a $ 715 billion budget proposal he says is geared towards competing with China by getting rid of old weapon systems and investing in new technology.
The biggest changes: Among the major changes, the Air Force is calling for the withdrawal of more than 200 aircraft and is reportedly funding an operational hypersonic cruise missile for the first time, asking for $ 200 million for such a program.
The budget plan would also provide $ 5.1 billion for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative, the fund established by Congress to counter China in the Indo-Pacific region.
“The department in this budget is taking a lucid approach to Beijing and providing the investments to prioritize China as our pace challenge,” Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks told reporters on Friday.
Difficult choices: Hicks added that the budget also documents “some of the tough choices we’ve had to make,” including removing “systems that are no longer suited to today’s advanced threat environment or that are too expensive to maintain.” Instead, this money will be reallocated to fund research and development in advanced technologies, such as microelectronics, to “provide the foundation for the commissioning of a full range of necessary capabilities, such as hypersonic missiles, artificial intelligence and 5G ”.
Criticisms: The spending plan is unlikely to quell criticism from Republicans that the defense budget is too small to meet the challenges posed by China, while many progressives have argued that it is too large to meet needs. pressing domestic and non-military threats such as pandemics.
“President BidenJoe BidenPutin backs Lukashenko in Belarus amid international pressure from the Biden administration to reimpose sanctions on Belarus for hijacking Senate passes resolution calling for investigation into origins of COVID-19Defense demand for the defense budget is totally inadequate – it is far from sufficient to give our military the resources, equipment and training they need ”. James inhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense: Pentagon presents 5B budget | Kamala Harris speaks to graduates of the US Naval Academy The Pentagon is launching a 5B budget with cuts to older weapons. A Senate panel advances the choice of the historic Secretary of the Army (Okla.) And Rep. Mike rogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersDefense Overnight: Pentagon Introduces 5B Budget | Kamala Harris speaks to graduates of the US Naval Academy Pentagon offers $ 5 billion budget with cuts to older weapons Iran’s destabilizing role revealed in Gaza READ MORE (Ala.), Senior Republicans on Senate committees and the House armed forces, said in a joint statement Friday. “It is dishonest to call this demand an increase because it doesn’t even keep up with inflation – it’s a reduction.”
In contrast, Reps. Mark PocanMark William PocanOvernight Defense: the Pentagon presents a budget of 5 billion | Kamala Harris speaks to graduates of the US Naval Academy The Pentagon offers a budget of $ 5 billion with cuts to older weapons. Confederate Name Change Effort Could Affect “Hundreds” of Military Assets | Progressives see ‘historic’ moment to change US-Israel relations READ MORE (D-Wis.) And Barbara leeBarbara Jean LeeDefense overnight: Pentagon presents 5B budget | Kamala Harris speaks to graduates of the US Naval Academy The Pentagon offers a budget of $ 5 billion with cuts to older weapons. Confederate Name Change Effort Could Affect “Hundreds” of Military Assets | Progressives see ‘historic’ moment to change US-Israel relations READ MORE (D-Calif.) Criticized the budget as a “failure” to increase defense funding.
Go out with the old one: In total, the Pentagon is proposing $ 2.8 billion in divestments, according to budget documents.
The military wants to remove so-called legacy systems that should be a major fight with Congress, where lawmakers fiercely protect weapons programs that benefit their districts.
The Air Force seeks to withdraw 42 A-10 Warthogs, 47 F-16C / D and 48 F-15C / D fighter jets, 14 KC-10 and 18 KC-135 tankers, 13 C-130H transport planes and 16 E- 8 and 20 RQ-4 drones.
The navy, meanwhile, is proposing to withdraw four coastal combat ships, among other cuts.
And with the new: Among the budgeted purchases, the military is asking for $ 12 billion for 85 F-35 fighter jets.
The Navy is looking for eight new warships: two Virginia-class submarines, a DDG-51 Aegis destroyer, a Constellation-class frigate, a John lewisJohn LewisOvernight Defense: the Pentagon presents a budget of 5 billion | Kamala Harris speaks to graduates of the US Naval Academy Pentagon presents 5B budget with cuts to older weapons Senate confirms Clarke is the first black woman to lead DOJ civil rights READ MORE– class supply vessel, two T-ATS Navajo-class rescue and towing vessels and one auxiliary ocean watch vessel.
The budget also includes $ 2.6 billion for strategic ground deterrence, the program to replace America’s aging intercontinental ballistic missile arsenal that has been a prime target for lawmakers seeking to bring the budget under control. Pentagon.
Learn more about the budget here.
HARRIS TELLS NAVAL ACADEMY GRADUATES THE WORLD ‘FRAGILE’ AFTER PANDEMIC
Vice president Kamala harrisKamala HarrisOvernight Defense: the Pentagon presents a budget of 5 billion | Kamala Harris speaks to graduates of the US Naval Academy Harris tells graduates of the Naval Academy the world is ‘fragile’ after pandemic Harris announces deals for investments in Central America READ MORE On Friday, addressed graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy, warning newly commissioned Navy and Marine Corps officers of a “Fragile” world following the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the opening speech – the first by a woman just starting out at the nearly 175-year-old institution – Harris said the pandemic had “sped our world into a new era”, much like the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. had shaped the country.
“It has always had an impact on our world,” she told about 1,000 graduates from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. “It has always influenced our perspective, and if we weren’t clear before, now we know: Our world is interconnected. Our world is interdependent and our world is fragile. “
A new era: A pandemic can spread around the world in a matter of months, a gang of hackers can disrupt the east coast’s fuel supply, and a country’s carbon emissions can threaten the sustainability of Earth, he said. she adds.
“This, aspirants, is the time we are in, and it is unlike any other time before. … The challenge that awaits us now is how to mount a modern defense against these modern threats.
A different tone: Harris’s address was a far cry from the old President TrumpDonald Trump NY, NJ Rail Project Gets Key Federal Approval Senate Collapse Reveals Growing Fan Gap DHS Formally Bans Family Separations For Illicit Border Crossings READ MOREIt was in 2018, when he told graduates that his efforts in the Oval Office have bolstered the nation’s prestige in the eyes of the world and that other countries are “respecting us again.”
The presidents and vice-presidents take turns giving opening speeches at the service academies. The ceremony did not take place in person last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Other threats: Harris also referred to climate change, describing it as “a very real threat to our national security,” as well as cybersecurity threats, calling the hack into the colonial pipeline earlier this month a “wake-up call” for what the graduates will soon be faced.
She also brought up the Biden administration’s vaccination effort and the military’s role in distributing and administering the vaccine, telling the class that “the American people depend on you.”
“We saw this during COVID-19 when Americans observed how members of our military helped vaccinate our nation, because you know that biological threats like pandemics and infectious diseases are yet another threat in this time. She said.
Learn more about the speech here.
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