On February 12, President Trump submitted to Congress his proposed Department of Defense (DoD) budget for Fiscal Year 2019. The FY 2019 budget focuses on restoring and rebuilding America’s military, requesting $716 billion for national security, of which $686 billion is designated for DoD.
The FY 2019 budget was developed to implement the 2018 National Defense and National Security Strategies. “Failure to implement or fund the 2018 National Defense Strategy will leave us with a force that could dominate the last war, yet be irrelevant to tomorrow’s security,” said DoD Secretary James Mattis while addressing White House reporters last week.
The FY 2019 budget increases end strength by 24,100 in the active components and 1,800 in the reserve components over the FY 2018 budget, and calls for increased warfighting investments in aircraft, shipbuilding, and ground systems. Among other increases, the FY 2019 also boasts “a competitive compensation package” for service members that “reflects the unique demands and sacrifices of military service” and includes a 2.6% military pay raise.
For more information about the FY 2019 Budget Proposal, please follow the links below.
Defense Budget Overview: United States Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request, Department of Defense
DoD Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal, Department of Defense