Sunday, April 28, 2019

CNBC's breakdown of the Pentagon budget request...

via CNBC
  • The Defense Department is asking Congress for $718 billion in its fiscal 2020 budget, an increase of $33 billion or about 5% over what Congress enacted for fiscal 2019.
  • The Navy and Marine Corps request $205.6 billion, up $9.9 billion from fiscal 2019; the Air Force calls for $204.8 billion, up $11.8 billion from the last request, and the Army asks for $191.4 billion, up $12.5 billion from fiscal 2019.
78 F-35 fighters: $11.2 billion

1 B-21 long-range strike bomber: $3 billion

12 KC-46 tankers: $2.3 billion

24 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighters: $2 billion

48 AH-64E attack helicopters: $1 billion

6 P-8A Poseidon surveillance and anti-submarine planes: $1.5 billion

8 F-15EX fighters: $1.1 billion
 1 CVN-78 Ford-class aircraft carrier: $2.6 billion

3 Virginia-class submarines: $10.2 billion

3 DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers: $5.8 billion

1 frigate: $1.3 billion

2 unmanned surface vehicles: $447 million
 4,090 joint light tactical vehicles: $1.6 billion

165 M-1 Abrams tank modifications: $2.2 billion

56 amphibious combat vehicles: $0.4 billion

131 armored multi-purpose vehicles: $0.6 billion
Story here.

Aviation is getting the lion's share of the budget as usual.  Ship building is as slow as ever and the numbers are shockingly low.  Vehicle production seems almost stagnate.

I don't know how we're getting ready for a peer vs peer conflict but if you look at shipbuilding for example, the Chinese are building more ships in one yard than we're building nationwide.

I hope we have some hella powerful secret weapons cause conventionally I don't see us maintaining a lead. 

If this budget is as good as it gets then we'll be militarily weaker than China in all areas by 2025.

Kinda depressing when looking at raw numbers.  We're squeezing ourselves into a hurt locker.

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