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Patrick Shanahan: Trump Should Understand Possible Tradeoffs in DoD’s Potential $700B Budget

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said a reduced budget would restrain some of the Pentagon’s objectives, Federal News Network reported Friday.

He told reporters Thursday that the Defense Department completed the proposed $733B budget and has now begun to draft the $700B spending plan after President Donald Trump ordered a 5 percent budget cut.

“What I want the president to understand when we bring the $700B budget forward is: What are those tradeoffs?” Shanahan said.

“I either get reduced capacity, I get lower quantities of procurement, I change modernization, my reforms are certain size. He really needs an awareness of what that translates to in terms of performance here in the department.”

Shanahan noted that DoD plans to have Defense Secretary James Mattis, the comptroller and the office of cost assessment and program evaluation review the new budget before handing over the findings to the president after Thanksgiving.    
 

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