Proposed Defense Budget Gives Troops A Raise, Plans For Space Warfare

The budget addresses some expected topics ... and some less-expected ones.
Posted at 11:21 PM, May 08, 2018

The proposed 2019 National Defense Authorization Bill provides funding for some expected things, such as a 2.6 percent pay raise for U.S. troops and $11.3 billion for military construction projects. The $717 billion proposed bill also provides funding for and addresses what some might call unexpected things ... like space war.

The budget proposal establishes a new numbered Air Force responsible for carrying out warfighting in space because, it suggests, space will become a new warfighting domain. 

To combat threats in cyberspace and elsewhere, the proposed budget suggests the Defense Department focus its efforts on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Fulfilling a request by President Donald Trump to allocate $6.3 billion for increasing the number of U.S. troops in Europe would be one of the budget's most costly initiatives. It would also, in part, aim to deter Russian aggression.

The proposed budget also addresses another one of Trump's requests: holding a military parade in Washington, D.C. It supports the idea of a parade but suggests leaving the decision on whether to use military vehicles or equipment up to the secretary of defense.