President Obama Proposes $4 Trillion Budget, 15% goes to Defense

President Obama Proposes $4 Trillion Budget, 15% goes to Defense

The Obama administration has proposed a $4 trillion budget on Monday. The budget has included $585 billion to maintain the security and the defense strategies of the nation. Defense constitutes about 15% of the overall budget with a request of $25 billion more as compared to the enacted defense budget of last year.

The slice of defense is 15% in the proposed budget keeping in mind the latest security challenges that the US is facing in the Middle East and Ukraine.

President Obama has asked Congress to consent his budget as it is. He said, “This is one of our most basic and most important responsibilities as a government, so I am calling on Congress to get this done”.

This has given rise to a political problem as the request for $585 billion is much higher as compared to the $499 billion spending cap that Congress set in 2011.

According to Ryan Crotty, deputy director for Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2016 defense budget is proposed with a motive to address the issue of insufficient funding in last few years. This is done keeping in mind all the aspects that were missed earlier.

The budget also includes about $800 million for a European Reassurance Initiative. This initiative helps in the funding of training exercises, with partners in Europe amid Russian aggression in Ukraine.

The increase in the proposed budget will also serve the Navy, as billions of dollars will be spent for new ships to boost a shift to the Pacific region. Other than the new air and sea equipments, the investments include advancements in cyber security and maintenance of nuclear facilities.

Although the US is done with the battle mission in Afghanistan, there is still a huge part of the budget that supports this mission.

As per the pentagon officials, most of the budget is for the future investment.


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