Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel believes the current crisis in Iraq could push the Defense Department to reconsider its $555 billion fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, Defense News reported Thursday.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also told a joint press briefing at the Pentagon with Hagel that the U.S. military has deployed 89 airstrikes against the Islamic State rebels since Aug. 8, Marcus Weisgerber reports.
U.S. troops also provided hundreds of food, water and medical supplies to civilians in Iraq, and flew manned and unmanned military aircraft to the country for intelligence missions, according to the report.
“I think we’re fine for fiscal year ’14 and we’ll have to continue to gather the data and see what it does in ’15,” Dempsey told the briefing.
DoD’s current budget plan for fiscal 2015 comprises of $496 billion for operations, acquisition and personnel costs; as well as $58.6 billion for overseas contingency operations, Defense News reports.