Bipartisan Budget Act puts US DoD on track to modernise military

28 February 2018 (Last Updated February 28th, 2018 10:59)

Pentagon chief spokesperson Dana W White has said that the Bipartisan Budget Act would enable the US Department of Defense (DoD) to rebuild, restore and upgrade the military capabilities of the country.

Pentagon chief spokesperson Dana W White has said that the Bipartisan Budget Act would enable the US Department of Defense (DoD) to rebuild, restore and upgrade the military capabilities of the country.

The measure removes the spending caps for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, enabling the defence department to provide the funding needed to overhaul the force.

In a statement, White said the US DoD intends to maximise the value of every taxpayer dollar.

Currently, the appropriations committees need to generate either individual bills for the departments or an omnibus bill that would involve the operations of the entire government.

“The DoD has welcomed two senior officials who will be responsible for ensuring that the department spends its funds on appropriate and necessary investments.”

The deadline to produce the bills is 23 March this year. If passed, the US DoD will still have the required time to obligate the fiscal year 2018 funds by the end of the fiscal year in September.

In addition, the DoD has welcomed two senior officials who will be responsible for ensuring that the department spends its funds on appropriate and necessary investments.

The officials are DoD first chief management officer Jay Gibson, and Defence Research and Engineering undersecretary Mike Griffin.

White said: “Their arrival marks the largest reorganisation of the department since the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act, a key step in our reform efforts.”

Furthermore, White has said that US Defense Secretary James N Mattis will make his recommendations to the country’s President Donald J Trump to focus on transgender service members.