DOD Budget Application Aids Research, Nuclear Modernization, and Includes 2.7% Salary Increase US Department of Defense Department of Defense News
The U.S. Department of Defense’s 2022 fiscal proposal includes the largest research, development, testing, and evaluation proposal yet – $ 112 billion, up 5.1% from fiscal 2021. It also includes $ 27.7 billion to modernize the nuclear triad.
The budget is $ 752.9 billion. That includes $ 37.9 billion for the Department of Energy and other agencies. It reflects an increase of 1.6% from the 2021 budget.
The budget includes a 2.7% pay increase for the military and civilians and invests nearly $ 9 billion in family support programs.
In a statement today, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said the budget invests in people, supports readiness and modernization, combats climate change threats, and provides the skills needed to meet the ever-growing threat posed by Beijing.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks briefed the media today on the Department of Defense’s 2022 budget. She reiterated Austin’s comments, saying the budget also addresses the COVID-19 pandemic and the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan with an exit date on Sept. 11, adding that the department will provide counter-terrorism capabilities and support to the Afghan National Security Forces beyond the horizon.
“The budget also documents some of the tough decisions we had to make as we reduce our reliance on vulnerable systems that are no longer suitable for today’s modern threat environment or too costly to maintain,” she said.
These resource reallocations, she said, will fund advanced technologies like microelectronics, hypersonic missiles, artificial intelligence, cyberspace capabilities and a 5G network.
DOD has also invested in its workforce, particularly billets that are in critical need, she said. “The request also aims to build an increasingly resilient force that recognizes and recognizes its diversity as a strength.”
The budget also provides funds to strengthen the department’s ability to identify and address insider threats within its ranks and to combat sexual assault and harassment, she said.
The budget proposal slightly lowers the total strength of the militarily active and reserve components from the approved 2,150,375 for FY21 to 2,145,900. The only service that has achieved a final strength increase is the Space Force, which authorized 6,434 guards in FY21 with a request to increase this to 8,400.
Anne McAndrew, who acts as Comptroller and CFO, said the budget reflects China’s ability to deal with threats from Russia, Iran, North Korea and violent extremist organizations.
The budget also invests in taking care of the people. “Your physical, mental, and emotional health is a top priority for the department,” she said.
Navy Vice Adm. Ron Boxall, the director of Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, said the department will work with Congress to divest legacy platforms that are overloading standby accounts.
The highlights of budget inquiries include:
- $ 20.4 billion for missile defense
- $ 6.6 billion to develop and fight long-range fires
- $ 52.4 billion for fourth and fifth generation fighter jets
- $ 34.6 billion for a hybrid fleet of manned and unmanned marine platforms
- $ 12.3 billion for next-generation ground weapons and combat vehicles
- $ 20.6 billion for space capacity
- $ 10.4 billion for cyberspace activities
- $ 122.1 billion in training, installation assistance, and assistance to allies and partners.