While addressing a crowd at the Economic Club of Washington DC, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the Pentagon is seeking $7.5 billion in next year’s budget to help cover the cost of accelerating the campaign against ISIS. Carter says these funds will help update our coalition military campaign. “For example, we’ve recently been hitting ISIL with so many GPS-guided smart bombs and laser-guided rockets that we’re starting to run low on the ones that we use against terrorists the most.” Secretary Carter said on Tuesday. The budget request also will include a quadrupling of the funds to support NATO’s effort to counter Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, raising the current amount of $789 million to $3.4 billion. This increase will allow for the rotation of more U.S. units in Europe, additional training, and the pre-positioning of gear.
Carter labeled Russia and China our most stressing competitors, which reflect a return to a great power competition. With Russia’s seizing of Crimea from the Ukraine and China’s claims on disputed islands in the South China Sea, Carter said “we cannot blind ourselves to the actions they appear to choose to pursue.” Carter also outlined a series of innovations by the Strategic Capabilities Office: Placing micro-cameras and sensors one can find on smartphones on small diameter bombs; swarming micro-drones that can be launched from the back of a jet flying near the speed of sound; and self-driving boats. The budget will increase to nearly $583 billion.
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