Defense Secretary Proposes Budget to Senate Committee

Aircraft technology is being pared back to boost the number of service members.

Secretary Lloyd Austin brought the proposed 2025 budget for the Department of Defense (DoD) before the Senate Appropriations Committee last week, making budget cuts in aircraft technology development to boost short-term spending on service members. Secretary Austin explained that the department is not scrapping aircraft development programs, which will need to be funded in future years. However, concerns about heightening global aggression have caused the Defense Department to focus on service members being ready for action within the next year.

“[Our budget request] is aligned to our strategy,” Secretary Austin said in his testimony. “We made tough, but responsible decisions that prioritize near-term readiness, modernization of the joint force, and support for our troops and their families. Our approach dials back some near-term modernization for programs not set to come online until the 2030s.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Defense Secretary Austin to receive God’s direction as he heads the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • For leaders in the Pentagon to be prudent as they advise the defense secretary and the president.

Sources: Department of Defense


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