March 24, 2022
White House to Seek $813.3 Billion National Security Budget
Journalists Anthony Capaccio, Roxana Tiron
President Joe Biden plans to request $813.3 billion in national security spending -- including $773 billion for the Pentagon -- in the federal budget he will send to Congress on Monday, according to officials familiar with the plan.
It’s an increase of $31 billion, or 4%, from approved spending for the current fiscal year and about $43 billion more than the White House budget office had projected a year ago for fiscal 2023.
“Congress almost certainly will further increase the Pentagon’s budget due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, concerns about China and the military balance in the Indo-Pacific, and inflation,” said Stacie Pettyjohn, senior fellow and director of the defense program at the Center for a New American Security. She said inflation will affect all of the defense budget, particularly personnel costs, “which are at a historic high despite the fact that the force has been shrinking.”
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