Pentagon wants $582bn in 2017 budget
Carter said part of the $582.7 billion will include $71.4 for research and development funding, adding that much of the money will focus on maintaining an edge over the competition. The defense secretary called Russia and China “our most stressing competitors.”
The budget will also include $7.5 billion to fight Islamic State, $8.1 billion for submarines, and $1.8 billion on munitions, according to Carter.
Carter said the budget was guided by five factors: the rise of power from Russia and China; the threat of North Korea to the US and its Pacific allies; Iran’s “malign influence” against allies in the Gulf; and the ongoing fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
“We don’t have the luxury of just one opponent, or the choice between current fights and future fights – we have to do both,”Carter said. “And that’s what our budget is designed to do.”
He added that in the past, the Defense Department “tended to focus and plan and prepare for whatever big war people thought was coming over the horizon,” but that such tactics “won’t work for the world we live in today.”
that the total gdp of the lowest 44 african countries..
good money in war..and its even better if its somebody elses money..thank god for IS..