U.S. defense spending focuses on renewing its nuclear arsenal
Reference News Network reported on May 29. According to a report on the U.S. Defense News Weekly website on May 27, the day before President Joe Biden’s first defense budget details were announced, senior Pentagon officials asked Congress to allow them to use the budget to waive The necessary weapons to invest in the development of forward-looking technologies now, but this is not an easy task.
According to reports, the focus of U.S. defense spending will shift to modernize its nuclear arsenal. These changes will be detailed in the Pentagon’s $715 billion budget, which is part of the $6 trillion spending package submitted to Congress for approval that day.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in an appearance on the House Appropriations Committee that day that the budget will spend more money on advanced technologies such as hypersonic speed and artificial intelligence and will no longer treat “old ships, aircraft and (intelligence, surveillance and (intelligence, surveillance, and “Reconnaissance) platform” to invest, “the maintenance, maintenance, and risks required by these platforms are beyond our ability to bear.”
Austin said: “I think that ensuring that we focus on acquiring the capabilities we need in future wars will put us in a good position. This requires us to seriously think about those not important capabilities in future wars and start to stop. Invest in them.”
U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milly said that when he became Army Chief of Staff 6 years ago, the military budget was “to use our future to pay for our present.”
Mili said: “We are now trying to invest in projects that will bring huge dividends in 5, 10, and 15 years from now, to build a future force that can successfully compete with any external opponents.”
We were reported that the U.S. Navy is currently planning to decommission two littoral combat ships and only purchase eight ships. At the same time, the U.S. Air Force also plans to reduce the purchase of C-130 transport aircraft and MQ-9 Reaper drones.
Ken Calvert, a Republican on the Defense Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, said: “I am deeply concerned about plans to no longer invest in these platforms or to retire them because they are in high demand or have a long lifespan. .”
He also said: “In my opinion, this is just a budget gimmick to allow the Navy to spend more money elsewhere. I agree that some systems must be decommissioned to make way for newer and more efficient systems. However, the Ministry of National Defense cannot make these decisions in isolation of reality.”