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Trump campaigned on more money for the Pentagon, but his budget director appears to have won the fight for sweeping, across the board cuts to all federal agencies, including the Pentagon.
oops didn't knowNext year’s budget will face three pressures that make it unlikely to be characterized as sustained or predictable.
The Department of Defense recently released a
Even though the Pentagon started this fiscal year — 2019 —with authorization and appropriation bills in place, this was the
The first is the Budget Control Act, which limits federal spending for the next two annual budgets. Every two years, lawmakers have negotiated deals to raise its caps: the
A second pressure is self-created. Over time, some expenditures that should be in base budgets have crept into the Overseas Contingency Operations account, the BCA-exempt fund created to cover unexpected costs of overseas wars and other operations. It is what the
A third pressure, also self-inflicted, comes from unrealized savings combined with a
These three pressures will have to be tackled by a new Congress. For good or ill, the dispute over the last two years of the BCA caps will likely define what the incoming Congress will be able to achieve during its next two years.
Dispute over setting new BCA caps and disagreements on federal priorities have forced the DOD to operate under a continuing resolution for an
All this dispute is a byproduct of our
Meanwhile, in defense the stakes are high as America must deal with a revanchist Russia, an expansionist and aggressive China, a belligerent Iran and a nuclear-armed North Korea. All threats that will require resources that are currently unavailable in the budget. Even without accounting for these threats, 2020 is shaping up to be a challenging time for the Department of Defense.
There are currently 16 Virginia class submarines active, SSN-790, USS South Dakota being the latest.. 17 have been built. Eight more are on order (meaning they are completely funded). Current plans, with the Block V SSGN version coming online after 11 more Block III (2) BLock IV (8) and V boats are built...meaning there will be 30 Virginia's without the additional Vertical launch missile silos. After the Block IVs, the plans call for building up to 20 Block V, VI, and VII ships, totaling 50 Virginia altogether, although current estimates could call for as many as 65 Virginias.The U.S. Navy Reveals Two Future Submarine Classes
New attack boats could cost $200 billion
Today the Navy possesses 65 submarines. All of them are nuclear-powered. They include 14 Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines, or “boomers,” which the Navy expects to begin replacing with 12 new Columbia-class boomers starting in 2021.
The balance of today’s submarines include 35 1980s-vintage Los Angeles-class attack submarines, three attack boats of the 1990s Seawolf class, 13 newer Virginia-class attack boats and four old Ohios that the Navy converted into cruise-missile carriers during the early 2000s. Each of these old boats can carry as many as 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Today around 10 attack subs are on patrol on any given day while the others undergo maintenance and crew training. Navy plans require as many as 35 boats to surge on short notice to a war zone during a major conflict.
Actually Jeff there was a recent report that might change that.VII ships, totaling 50 Virginia altogether, although current estimates could call for as many as 65 Virginias.