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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Budget Request Continues to Back National Defense Strategy

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Patrick Shanahan said the Trump administration’s $718 billion budget request for the Pentagon for fiscal 2020 needs to continue to implement the National Defense Strategy, the Department of Defense website reported Tuesday.

The proposed DoD budget will “reflect difficult, but necessary, decisions that align finite resources with our strategic priorities,” Shanahan said on Tuesday during his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee. He said the Pentagon’s proposed spending plan includes $545 billion in base budget and $164 billion in funds for overseas contingency operations.

Military construction projects would receive $3.6B in funds, while emergency construction programs would receive $9.2 billion under the budget request. Shanahan noted the proposed budget also includes a 3.1 percent rise in military pay and reflects double-digit increases in funds for shipbuilding programs, nuclear triad modernization, missile defense systems, space and cyber initiatives.

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