FY22 $ 715 billion defense budget cuts $ 2.8 billion in ‘legacy’ systems and cuts troop strength
THE PENTAGON – Department of Defense cuts old Navy and Air Force ships and aircraft and cuts final force strength as part of its budget for fiscal 2022 , the ministry announced on Friday.
Spending of $ 715 billion – largely stable after inflation from FY21 – cuts equipment by $ 2.8 billion, with the lion’s share coming from Navy and military assets air.
Seven Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers, four Littoral combat ships, an amphibious warship, the rest of the Legacy F / A-18 Hornets and a dozen Mark VI patrol boats will be part of the $ 1.2 billion raised of the navy. The seven cruisers the Navy wants to decommission are USS San Jacinto (CG-56), USS Champlain Lake (CG-57), USS Monterey (CG-61), USS Royal Port (CG-73), USS Gulf of Vella, (CG-72), USS City of Hue (CG-66) and USS Anzio (CG-68), includes USNI News.
The Air Force is cutting 201 planes, including 42 A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jets, 48 F-15C / D Eagle attack fighters and 47 F-16 Falcons for $ 1.37 billion.
The Marines have already embarked on an aggressive divestment campaign to reshape the force for its new Pacific island-hopping strategy, while the military has disbursed $ 43 million in miscellaneous equipment as part of the current budget presentation.
The Pentagon released the new budget without the traditional Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) five-year outlook that sets a course for major programs. The request comes as the Pentagon and the White House conduct high-level reviews of the posture of global forces that could change the global distribution of U.S. forces.
Pentagon leaders said they were working on an update to the 2018 National Defense Strategy that set the ministry on a path of “big power competition” with China and Russia, while s ‘moving away from low-intensity land conflicts in the Middle East.
The divestiture will focus funds on “innovative technologies that deliver new, more combative benefits to our forces, including artificial intelligence, hypersonic technology and cyber capabilities, among others, to facilitate our investments in innovation.” The budget shifts resources from older platforms and systems that are ill-suited to current and future threat environments, ”Pentagon Acting Controller Anne McAndrew told reporters on Friday.
What these savings will mean for the Navy is unclear. Asked by USNI News on Friday, Rear Adm. John Gumbleton, Assistant Assistant Secretary of the Navy for the Budget, said the bulk of the savings resulting from the reduction in legacy investments would be incorporated into the next round of budget planning included in the FYDP .
“These resources are reinvested in the Navy program for future investments. And what we believe is the best lethality and the best capabilities that we need for modernization and investment for the future, ”he said.
“There were savings in 22, and these are fed back into readiness and modernization investments. But the greatest scale of these savings occurs in the FYDP. And these will be decided during our [FY-23 budget process]. “
The budget provides for general reductions in the strength of the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force of a few thousand each. Only the newly created Space Force will see its strength increase, from 6,434 to 8,400 people.
In the case of the Navy, the total number of sailors, including the Naval Reserve, will drop to 404,800 from 407,329, which is largely based on crew reductions for ships leaving the inventory, according to USNI News.
The cuts to ships and planes are likely to face backlash on the Hill, where lawmakers have resisted the early removal of military stocks. Pentagon officials told reporters they would continue to advocate for the cuts.
“We will continue to work with Congress to divest legacy platforms that overload prep accounts. Without divestments, we cannot afford to modernize in the face of the changing threat environment, ”Vice-Admiral Ron Boxall, director of structure, resources and assessment, told reporters on Friday. forces (J-8).