Lawmakers are coming to grips with a 2015 proposed defense budget that would cut the Army down to 420,000 active duty soldiers and cut the number of aircraft carriers down to 10.
China announced it would increase military spending by 12.2 percent this year from last, the same week the Pentagon announced its budget request for 2015 was staying flat from the year before, at $496 billion.
The Pentagon’s 2015 budget request includes $153.9 billion for new weapons programs, trimming procurement funding as the Pentagon grapples with budget constraints under sequestration.
The Pentagon will request tens of billions of dollars in wartime funding for 2015, despite the expected end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan by December 2014.
The Pentagon plans to reduce the number of its civilian workers from about 755,400 in 2014 to 749,100 in 2015 — a reduction of 6,300 workers, or 1 percent, according to its 2015 defense budget request.
The Pentagon warned that its long-term military strategy is at risk under looming cuts.
The budget would cut the size of the Army while still breaking through spending limits.
Defense budget experts predict the Pentagon will request war funding in 2015, even though U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan are scheduled to be over next year.
Analysts from the Center for Strategic and...
The Pentagon will unveil its 2015 budget proposal this week, beginning a contentious fight with Capitol Hill over the military’s spending priorities.
Hagel defended administration plans to downsize the military in its new budget proposal.