Is the White House Planning to Cut DOD Spending for FY20

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Trump on Wednesday indicated that total national security spending would drop under the administration’s fiscal 2020 budget request from $716 billion this year to $700 billion. The president made the surprise announcement to reporters during a Cabinet meeting. He told his cabinet to trim spending by 5 percent across all agency budgets but it appeared the Pentagon would sustain a smaller cut, reported Defense News. Secretary Jim Mattis has said that DOD spending needs to rise by 2 to 3 percent above inflation to pay for modernization and continue rebuilding readiness, but that may not be realistic in the current political environment.Trump’s remarks caught top White House officials off guard, and White House and Pentagon officials declined to elaborate specifically on his comments. “The president has been clear that he is serious about cutting spending, and that was the message he reiterated to his Cabinet yesterday,” a senior administration official told Stars and Stripes on Thursday.Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Scaggslast_img

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