Top military officials: Anything below $733B defense budget 'would increase risk'

By Tony Bertuca  
December 4, 2018 at 11:08 AM
Military officials nominated to run U.S. Central and Special Operations commands said today that at least $733 billion is necessary to implement the National Defense Strategy, an assertion that aligns them with GOP defense hawks, but runs counter to the White House's position that a $700 billion budget should be considered. Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, nominated to be chief of CENTCOM, told the Senate Armed Services Committee today the $733 billion figure reflects the Pentagon's “best projection” of a strategy-driven...

Not a subscriber? Sign up for 30 days free access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes reporting on the Trump administration's defense buildup and the response by the coming Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

Log in to access this content.