Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Pentagon Wants $6 Billion More To Fund Its Wars

The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, taken from an airplane in January 2008. Wikipedia

Bloomberg: Pentagon Set to Ask Congress for $6 Billion in Additional Funds

* Funds included to counter Islamic State drones: comptroller
* Fiscal 2017 budget amendment to be submitted after election

The Pentagon will request about $6 billion more for the current fiscal year to pay for troop increases in Iraq, a slower draw-down of troops from Afghanistan and more intense air operations, according to Pentagon Comptroller Mike McCord.

The “budget amendment” also will respond to an urgent request from field commanders for additional systems to counter Islamic State drones, McCord said in an interview. “You start to see these in play now in the fight,” he said.

Defense Department officials hope the White House approves submitting the proposal to Congress shortly after the Nov. 8 election, McCord said, “hopefully in time to inform an omnibus funding bill” to succeed a stopgap spending measure set to expire in early December. Some conservative lawmakers are lobbying for extending stopgap funding into next year.

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WNU Editor: This should be discussed in the U.S. Presidential election.

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