Armed Forces News

The Defense Department is preparing two parallel budgets for fiscal year 2020, which begins Oct. 1, 2019. The Association of the U.S. Army reported Oct. 26 that one budget would call for $733 billion in spending. The other budget calls for $700 million, and would follow guidance issued by the White House. The budgets both should be ready by Dec. 1, AUSA quoted Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, who addressed reporters during an Oct. 26 conference.
AUSA also reported that Shanahan said Pentagon “fixed costs” could not be cut, and there are no plans to change planned strength increases for each of the armed services. Likely targets for curtailments could involve delivery schedules for new weapons and technology programs, AUSA quoted Shanahan as saying.