The Israel Defense Ministry has suspended procurement of major contracts for two weeks and slowed work on research and development projects due to a battle with officials at the Finance Ministry, Defensenews said Saturday.
Barbara Opall-Rome writes that the military has also threatened to halt all training of its forces due to budget shortfalls.
“[It has already been] four years now, the defense establishment is operating without a multiyear plan, which means suboptimal exploitation of resources and damage to force buildup and force structure planning… [It means] that in 2015, a complete inability to start the year,” said Dan Harel, MoD director general, according to Defensenews.
Treasury officials claims the defense budget continues to grow despite a deal in 2011 to lessen defense spending.
The budget includes $3.1 billion in U.S. aid, $200 million of which is reserved for missile defense programs.