Overnight Defense: Trump seeks $30B more for 2017 defense spending | Boeing VP tapped for Pentagon post

Overnight Defense: Trump seeks $30B more for 2017 defense spending | Boeing VP tapped for Pentagon post
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THE TOPLINE: The White House on Thursday requested $30 billion more in defense spending for fiscal year 2017.

The money would pay for the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), more equipment across the services and other items considered urgently needed.

"The appropriations request seeks to address critical budget shortfalls in personnel, training, maintenance, equipment, munitions, modernization, and infrastructure investment," budget Director Mick Mulvaney wrote in an outline sent to Congress. "The request is a first step in investing in a larger, more ready, and more capable force."

A large portion of the supplemental request -- $24.9 billion -- would be added to the base defense budget, requiring a change to the budget cap law and making the request's prospects in Congress unclear.

The remaining $5.1 billion would go toward a war fund known as the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account.

Read the rest here.

Trump released his budget blueprint for fiscal 2018 on Thursday. That proposal calls for a $54 billion boost in defense spending, offset by sharp cuts to domestic spending.

For more on the budget proposal, click here.

Click here for five takeaways from Trump's first budget.

 

MCCAIN: TRUMP BUDGET CAN'T PASS SENATE: The Trump administration also dropped it's first budget blueprint for fiscal 2018 on Thursday. But Sen. John McCainJohn McCainBush biographer: Trump has moved the goalpost for civilized society White House to pressure McConnell on ObamaCare McCain: Trump needs to state difference between bigots and those fighting hate MORE (R-Ariz.) quickly poured cold water on the proposal and said it won't pass the Senate. 

"It is clear that this budget proposed today cannot pass the Senate," the Armed Services Committee chairman said in a statement.

McCain added that as lawmakers work on funding the government, they must come up with a deal "that provides sufficient funds to rebuild the military."

Trump's budget included $603 billion for total defense spending, which includes money outside of the Pentagon, plus an extra $65 billion in overseas contingency funding that is not subject to budget caps.

But McCain argued that the baseline budget for repealing the 2018 fiscal year needs to be at least $640 billon and that lawmakers should start working on defense funding for the rest of the current fiscal year, which expires at the end of September. 

The Hill's Jordain Carney has more here.

 

TRUMP NOMINATES BOEING VP, FIVE OTHERS FOR TOP PENTAGON ROLES: President Trump on Thursday nominated a top Boeing executive to be the second-highest-ranking civilian at the Pentagon.

Trump announced Patrick Shanahan's nomination to be deputy Defense secretary, along with nominations for five other Pentagon roles, beginning to fill offices that have sat empty since his inauguration.

Shanahan –who has been Boeing's senior vice president for supply chain and operations since April - will take over the deputy post from Bob Work, who served in the Obama administration and has stayed on in an interim role until his replacement could be put in place.

Other nominations announced include the director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) and principal deputy under secretary of Defense, comptroller.

Read more here.

 

DEM BILL LOOKS TO TACKLE 'REVENGE PORN' IN MILITARY: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) unveiled a bill Thursday to close a loophole in military law that could allow some perpetrators of the Marines' nude-photo-sharing scandal to go unpunished.

"I am furious, I am saddened, and I am frustrated by how we have got to this point," Speier said.

Speier's bill is in response to "Marines United," a 30,000-member Facebook page on which service members allegedly shared nude photos and personal information of female Marines and veterans.

The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) currently makes taking nude photos without consent a punishable crime, but the nonconsensual sharing of private photos, often called "revenge porn," is not considered a crime in the military.

Speier's bill would make such activity a punishable crime under the UCMJ.

Read more here.

  

ICYMI:

-- The Hill: Trump Defense budget unlikely to mollify hawks

-- The Hill: GOP rep: Coast Guard should be under Pentagon, not DHS

-- The Hill: White House budget head: Reported Coast Guard cuts 'not accurate'

-- The Hill: Report: Pentagon to employees: No streaming March Madness games at work

-- The Hill: GOP rep scolds Gillibrand for tearing into Marine general over nude-photo scandal

-- The Hill: Tillerson: US has 'failed' to stop North Korea's nuke program

-- The Hill: Russian spy ship spotted 50 miles off US coast

-- The Hill: GOP chair: Not up to WH to decide whether to tie border wall to defense funding

-- The Hill: Saudi Arabia offers to contribute troops to ISIS fight

 

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