By Mikaprok for SouthFront
As our old friend “mad dog” Mattis once said: “Sequencing the DoD budget is more damaging to our willingness to repel attacks than the enemy on the battlefield.”
OK, we got it.
It is clear, exactly how the protection of military spending for 2018 will work – they will raise hysterics about Russia-something:
“The US military spending has no space to grow. But they must increase from year to year – militarism creates additional labor. In principle, it is not very clear for now, what is more expensive: the mainland or boats that “protect” it.
Autumn of FY never goes smoothly.
Before the Russian Federation there were similar suspicions regarding China. It is believed that in 2007, terabytes of data concerning the F-35 Lightning II project, which later became the Chinese J-20, were stolen.
Then they also discussed and increased the costs of computerization. Oracle concluded the largest single contract in the history of the IT industry and everyone peacefully dispersed in their little home “to make all what’s needed”.
The Heritage Foundation and all the generals in the star-striped epaulettes make fun.
Mr. Trump signed the country’s military budget for 2018. Hooray!
692 billion dollars is more than even requested by the US administration. Including a number of measures associated with the Russian Federation.
For example, $ 4.6 billion for the initiative to support allies in Europe to “contain Russia”. What this should mean is not clear, but surely the money will not be lost.
Everything is moving in the direction of increasing spending to the level of the Cold War times.
Military assistance to Ukraine is estimated at $ 350 million. Of this amount, half will be allocated only if the United States arranges the results of reforms in the military sphere.
How to measure satisfaction is incomprehensible.
$ 4.4 billion is allocated for missile defense, in particular for the deployment of additional interceptor missiles on the west coast of the United States to protect against the threat from the DPRK :-)
Here are the main investments in technology:
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, 70; $ 10.3 billion
KC-46 Tanker, 15; $ 3.1 billion
B-21 Bomber, $ 2.0 billion
Virginia Class Submarine, 2; $ 5.5 billion
DDG-51 Destroyers, 2; $ 4.0 billion
CVN-78 Class Aircraft Carrier, 1; $ 4.6 billion
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, 2647; $ 1.1 billion
and, this article:
“Science and Technology”, $ 13.2 billion
Hmm, what’s inside the last article?
There is non-disclosure paragraph.
However, in one part of the adopted document there is mention of the creation Chief Technology Officer position and specialized Cyber Command.
In the other part, there is a separate cut for contract work cost $ 30 billion, which includes software support and a special purchase of equipment.
Everything will be fine.
At the same time, the US proposes, by a long tradition, to increase the defense budgets of its NATO allies.
They got agitated and answered: will you protect us in any case?
Of course, Mr. Tillerson replied, but only from the threat from the East of the continent.