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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Works on Two Budget Requests for Fiscal 2020

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said drafting the budget for fiscal year 2020 calls for the Pentagon to “put the resources in place” in order to operationalize the national defense strategy.

“We are not going to reverse course on all that planning but we will build two budgets,” Shanahan said Friday at the Military Reporters and Editors conference in Arlington, Va.

The Defense Department plans to have two budget requests in place by Dec. 1 – a $733B spending plan and a $700B budget.

He told attendees the proposed “space force” will have three components: space operations; technology development for space operators; and headquarters to oversee resources and training.

Shanahan also noted that the space development agency will focus on capability development to ensure U.S. dominance in space.

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