Report: DoD to Reprogram $1.5B in Funds for Border Wall

Jeff Brody

The Department of Defense is redirecting approximately $1.5 billion in funds allocated for several defense programs toward the Trump administration’s plan to construct 80 additional miles of border wall, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The funds will come from the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile and surveillance plane program called Airborne Warning and Control System, according to a DoD document obtained by the Post.

“The funds were drawn from a variety of sources, including cost savings, programmatic changes and revised requirements,” DoD said in a statement Friday.

The Pentagon will also shift funds from a “space test experiment” with the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, two “overseas contingency operations” accounts, the department’s Blended Retirement System and savings from Hellfire and air-launched cruise missiles, according to the document.

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