US Government submits $750bn proposal for FY2020 DoD budget

12 March 2019 (Last Updated March 12th, 2019 11:35)

The US Government has submitted a proposal of $750bn for the Department of Defense (DoD) budget for the fiscal year 2020.

The US Government has submitted a proposal of $750bn for the Department of Defense (DoD) budget for the fiscal year 2020.

Defence spending proposed by the government for national defence has been increased by $34bn or 5% over the 2019 enacted level.

The DoD budget will support efforts to rebuild readiness and lethality, strengthen alliances and partnerships, and improve performance and affordability through reform.

It will allow the US Army to modernise current forces and aid in further training of the army to build partner capacity.

Additionally, it will support operationalisation of the US cyber strategy while increasing artificial intelligence integration throughout the department.

In 2020, the DoD intends to use the funds to procure more than two million active and reserve military personnel, 12 battle force ships, 110 fighter aircraft and two large experimental unmanned surface vessels, and upgrade approximately two brigade combat teams.

“The budget funds the National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy, building on the major gains we have already made throughout the world.”

Additionally, it plans to invest in autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, hypersonics, directed energy and other new technologies.

For the first time in 70 years, the DoD will launch a new programme that includes organisation and training of the armed forces to protect national interests in the fourth domain of warfare.

US President Donald Trump said: “My 2020 budget builds on the tremendous progress we have made and provides a clear roadmap for the Congress to bring federal spending and debt under control.

“A strong military, fully integrated with our allies and all our instruments of power, enables our nation to deter war, preserve peace, and, if necessary, defeat aggression against United States interests.

“The budget funds the National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy, building on the major gains we have already made throughout the world.”

The budget also increases Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) amounts in 2020 and 2021 to nearly $165bn and $156bn respectively.

This will fund direct war costs, enduring in-theatre support, and certain base budget requirements. Furthermore, over $9bn has been requested in 2020 as an emergency requirement to address border security and hurricane recovery.