Armed Forces News

Service members would receive a 3.1-percent increase in basic pay, under the Trump Administration’s proposed $750 billion budget for the Department of Defense in 2020. The measure also includes plans for the creation of a separate space force, an increase in cyber-warfare capabilities, modernization, and improvements in readiness. Overall active-duty and reserve strength would increase by roughly 7,700 over 2019.

The proposal includes $14.1 billion for space operations, including $72.4 million for initial plans to establish the proposed U.S. Space Force. Cyber operations would receive $9.6 billion.

Air Force, Navy and Army air operations would receive  $57.7 billion, to pay for additional 78 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 12 new KC-46 aerial tankers, 24 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets, 48 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, six VH-62 presidential helicopters, six P-8A Poseidon surveillance and antisubmarine aircraft, six CH-53K King Stallion helicopters, and eight F-15EX fighters.

Shipbuilding for the Navy’s surface and underwater fleets would receive $34.7 billion. The funds would be used to build a Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, a Ford-class aircraft carrier, three Virginia-class submarines, three Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, one frigate, two fleet replenishment oilers, two towing, salvage and rescue ships, and two large unmanned surface vessels.

Ground systems would account for $14.6 billion. Projects include 4,090 joint light tactical vehicles (JLTVs), 165 M-1 Abrams tanks, 56 amphibious combat vehicles, and 131 armored multi-purpose vehicles.

The plan to update the nuclear triad would continue, with $31 billion that would be spent on development of the B-21 long-range strike bomber, Columbia-class submarine, long-range stand-off missile, and the ground-based strategic deterrent.

Other provisions would go toward munitions, missile-defeat and defense, autonomous systems, hypersonic and laser technology.
Addressing quality-of-life issues, the budget calls for continued modernization of the health-care system and $8 billion for family support programs, including the commissary system, childcare, DoD Dependents Schools, and spousal/community support.

To support ongoing combat missions in the in the Middle East, the proposal calls for $173.8 billion to fund Overseas Contingency Operations and an emergency budget request.