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Defense Gets $718B in Trump’s 2020 Budget Request

President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget request would provide $718 billion to the Department of Defense to support modernization efforts and enhance the military's readiness. The department's proposed budget is $33 billion higher than the 2019 amount, representing a five percent increase, the White House said Monday.

The new budget would support programs for the military’s increased readiness and lethality, expanded alliances and partnerships, performance and acquisitions of tools, ships, unmanned vehicles and fighter aircraft. Trump also supports additional training for service members, modernization of the U.S. Nuclear Deterrent and development of autonomous systems, hypersonics and artificial intelligence-based technologies.

“DOD will increase the impact of its investments, as it rebuilds more lethal force, strengthens the network of allies and partners and implements reform,” according to the budget statement. 

Establishing the U.S. Space Force will also get a portion of 2020 funding as well as the programs under the U.S. cyber strategy.

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