Shanahan staunchly defends bigger Pentagon budget in Capitol Hill hearing debut
Added 03-14-19 11:35:02am EST - “In his first appearance on Capitol Hill since taking over the Defense Department, acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan is making his case for the $718 billion proposed defense budget that military leaders say is a crucial step in reversing…” - Washingtontimes.com
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In his first appearance on Capitol Hill since taking over the Defense Department, acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan is making his case for the $718 billion proposed defense budget that military leaders say is a crucial step in reversing “decades of erosion” of the U.S. armed forces.
Sitting beside Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mr. Shanahan highlighted the need to enlarge the defense budget to compete with China’s rapidly modernizing military, Russia’s growing nuclear arsenal and cyber threats, and to counter Iran in the Middle East.
“Our competitors have not been complacent,” Mr. Shanahan said in his prepared remarks before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday. “They have accelerated their own military modernization efforts and vigorously pursued the development and fielding of advanced technologies with a clear intent: create an asymmetric military advantage against us, our allies, and our partners.”
Officials said the massive spending plan is an important step to repair and rebuild the U.S. military but stressed that Congress must continue to provide funding certainty.
“We can’t reverse decades of erosion in just a few years,” Gen. Dunford told lawmakers.
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