Pentagon FY2016 Budget: Arsenal of Stealth Fighters, Strategic Submarines, Bombers
The Pentagon requested for $534 billion base budget plus $52 billion contingency funds for what the department described as significant military modernization programs. The Department of Defense or DoD would enhance its arsenal of military aircrafts, strategic submarines, long range tankers and cyber security programs.
The funding request broke the sequestration cap of $498 billion set under the Budget Control Act of 2011. The multi-billion budget proposal was aimed at combating different terrorist groups such as the ISIS in Iraq, advancing U.S.’ security in the Asia-pacific region, reinforcing Afghanistan’s security by training the Afghan National Security Forces, countering Russia’s aggressive actions and reassuring allies and partners in Europe through increased military exercise, training and rotational presence of U.S. forces according to the fact sheet released by DoD.
“This is a strategy that is designed to preserve U.S. global leadership and to help preserve global peace in the 21st century, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work told press on Feb 2.
The FY 2016 PB request is shaped by the three pillars of the 2014 QDR strategy namely protect the homeland, build security globally and project power and win decisively, according to The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense.
The Pentagon requested for:
- $10.6 billion to purchase additional 57 Joint Strike Fighters, specifically Lockheed’s F-35 fighter jets
- $3.4 billion for 16 P-8 maritime surveillance aircrafts built by Boeing Co.
- $1.3 billion for five E-2D battle management aircrafts built by Northrop Grumman Corp
- $3 billion for K-C46 Boeing tankers
- $1.2 billion Long Range Strike development
- $11.6 billion for nine ships that according to Reuters include small coastal warships built by Lockheed and Austal of Australia, one aircraft carrier built by Huntington Ingalls Industries and various other submarines built by General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls.
- $678 million for the overhaul of the George Washington CVN
- $1.4 billion for the replacement of Ohio strategic submarine being conducted by general Dynamics Corp and Northop.
- $55 million for improvements on Littoral Combat Ship
- $5.5 billion for cyber capabilities enhancements
- $1.6 billion for Ground Based Missile Interceptor reliability managed by Boeing
- $4.5 billion for army helicopter modernization such as the Light Utility Helicopter, CH-47 helicopters and 64 remanufactured Boeing Apache AH-64 helicopters
- $821 million for the procurement of nine reaper unmanned aircrafts built by General Atomics.
- 2 billion for a new bomber for the Air Force