The Army could lose $801 million in 2020 funding that it did not spend, the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) reported. The funds were to be used on vehicles and equipment. Of the total, the National Guard would lose $395 million, while the Reserve would lose $205 million. Another $201 million would be cut from the service’s budget for tactical and support vehicles, according to AUSA.
Pentagon leadership believes the funding is no longer necessary because it would otherwise be used to purchase legacy vehicles – a tack “inconsistent with the goals to modernize the tactical and support vehicle fleet,” AUSA reported, quoting a Pentagon statement.
The report noted that the planned cuts could run counter to Congress’ intention when it authorized the funding.
“Once those choices have been made, the Department of Defense cannot change them in pursuit of their own priorities without the approval of Congress,” Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, told AUSA.