Here are the highlights of the Pentagon's latest budget
The Pentagon's funding proposal includes a $534.3 billion base budget that could be capped at $500 billion due to sequestration, with an additional $50.9 billion in additional war funding for Afghanistan and counterterrorism operations.The Pentagon's proposed budget for 2016 represents a 6% increase in purchasing power from the previous year, in after-inflation dollars. Advertisement
Here are a number of highlights of the Pentagon's proposed budget, according to Jeremy Herb and Austin Wright of Politico.
Naval vessel procurement
Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith DeVinney/US Navy
The F-35multi-billion dollar F-35 program looms large in the proposed 2016 budget. The Pentagon will request the procurement of an additional 57 F-35 fighter jets at a cost of $10.6 billion.
Air Force programsnext-generation long-range bomber, and the procurement of additional MQ-9 Reaper drones.Advertisement
All together, these programs would have a price tag slightly over $5 billion.
Increased services budgets
1st Lt. Nathan Wallin/USAF
Continuing the fight against terrorism
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The Department of Defense would also receive $2.1 billion to facilitate partner building exercises and carry out joint operations against terrorist networks around the world.
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