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Military could suffer in next year’s budget
Prior to the budget caps in current military readiness, Lucas Tomlinson has more for ‘special report threaten.’
Billions of dollars meant for the defense can never make it to the armed forces if Congress will act, if it is back to work next month.
President Trump signed a $700 billion defense budget earlier this month, but budget caps in 2011 still on the books that the Pentagon desperately needed money to rebuild the military. The concern of Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Capitol Hill on Friday.
“The defense actually has said have been harder hit under the Budget Control Act as domestic programs,” McConnell. “So, I think it is a matter of urgency.”
A short-term spending plan, the military is funded through Jan.19, but if the cuts are repealed next month, around 100 billion US Dollar target for the reconstruction of the military shall be deleted from the budget, and Trump is in danger.
“We make the best military in the world. No one is even close,” Trump said on Friday at the signing of both the expenditure measure and the massive tax-reform plan into law. “So we are ordering $4 billion worth of missile defense,” he added, referring to the emergency funds against the threat of North Korean ballistic missiles.
Military readiness the focus at the Reagan National Defense Forum
The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says both parties are to blame cuts for the impending defense.
“Most all agree, we need more spending on defence, but you have to cut the Republicans, who want to, other parts of the budget that you have Democrats that want to improve other parts of the budget,” Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, told Fox News in an interview. “So everyone is trying the defense budget as a lever for these other things. I think that’s wrong.”
The problems extend to the other services also. According to the head of naval aviation, in only 31 percent of the Marine-542 F-18 Super Hornet jets are fully mission capable, and a good half of them can not fly at all.
Gen Jack Keane on the increase of military plane crashes
Vice permissible Troy Shoemaker, a House Armed Services subcommittee on readiness last month said that if the Navy deployed three aircraft carrier this year, the aircraft had to be taken from the training — seasons of robbing the boy pilot of critical flight-time.
Meanwhile, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says, their power is about to say 2,0000 pilots short of the required number and officials that only half of its fleet of B-1 and B-2 can fly a Bomber.
Only 37 percent of the available Marine Corps heavy-lift helicopter can fly, and that’s not even counting the 60 or CH-53E helicopter missing on the flight line.
Even more sobering, twice as many American troops were killed in non-combat plane crashes this year compared to last year
How military spending could be in danger
“In the last year in air travel, we had told a terrible security year probably the worst year in 10 years,” commandant of the Marine Corps gen Robert Neller Reagan National Defense Forum panel hosted by Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin earlier this month. While Neller would not link the spike in the last crashes on the state of the jets and helicopters, he said other U.S. military took over a few hours of training his pilots, because of the lack of aircraft.
In the same forum, the lack of ready aircraft in a haunting warning from a former top Pentagon officials moved in.
“We were in a high-end conflict with Russia or China,” said the former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Eric Edelman, referring to a RAND study, published in the beginning of this month, “we could lose.”
Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and the State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @Lucas FoxNews