DOD releases budget proposal for the 2021 fiscal year

The US Department of Defense has released a budget proposal for the 2021 fiscal year after increasing military spending in recent years.

The Pentagon has released a budget proposal for 2021 based on the requested $705.4billion promised to the DOD. This budget resources four focus areas to build a more agile and innovative joint force.

he FY 2021 budget supports the irreversible implementation of the National Defense Strategy (NDS), which drives the Department’s decision-making in reprioritising resources and shifting investments. The Department’s FY 2021 budget aims to build a ready, agile, all domain joint force enabled by:

Nuclear Modernization ($28.9 billion). Investments include:

  • Nuclear Command, Control and Communications – $7 billion
  • B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber – $2.8 billion
  • COLUMBIA Class Ballistic Missile Submarine – $4.4 billion
  • Long-Range Stand-off (LRSO) Missile – $474 million
  • Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) – $1.5 billion.

In the Space Domain ($18.0 billion), investments include:

  • U.S. Space Force – $15.4 billion which includes:

– 3 National Security Space Launch (aka EELV) – $1.6 billion
– 2 Global Positioning System III and Projects – $1.8 billion
– Space Based Overhead Persistent Infrared Systems – $2.5 billion

  • U.S. Space Command – $249 million
  • Space Development Agency – $337 million.

In the Cyberspace ($9.8 billion) Domain, investments include:

  • Cybersecurity – $5.4 billion
  • Cyberspace – Operations – $3.8 billion
  • Cyberspace Science and Technology – $556 million
  • In addition to the $9.8 billion, the budget funds:​
    – Artificial Intelligence – $841 million
    – Cloud – $789 million.

In the Air Domain ($56.9 billion), investments include:

  • 79 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters – $11.4 billion
  • 15 KC-46 Tanker Replacements – $3.0 billion
  • 24 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets – $2.1 billion
  • 52 AH-64E Attack Helicopters – $1.2 billion
  • 5 VH-92 Presidential Helicopters – $739 million
  • P-8A Aircraft  – $269 million
  • 7 CH-53K King Stallion – $1.5 billion
  • 12 F-15EX – $1.6 billion.

In the Maritime Domain ($32.3 billion), investments include:

  • 1 COLUMBIA Class Ballistic Missile Submarine – $4.4 billion
  • CVN-78 FORD Class Aircraft Carrier – $3.0 billion
  • 1 Virginia Class Submarine – $4.7 billion
  • 2 DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Destroyers – $3.5 billion
  • 1 Frigate (FFG(X))  – $1.1 billion
  • 1 Landing Platform Dock Ship (LPD) – $1.2 billion
  • Fleet Replenishment Oiler (T-AO) – $95 million
  • 2 Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) (Large) – $464 million
  • 2 Towing, Salvage, and Rescue Ships (T-ATS) – $168 million.

In the Land Domain ($13.0 billion), investments include:

  • 4,247 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles – $1.4 billion
  • 89 M-1 Abrams Tank Modifications/Upgrades – $1.5 billion
  • 72 Amphibious Combat Vehicles – $521 million.

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