Trump signs new defense budget that envisages sanctions against Russia
The defense budget stands at $738 billion, which is 3.1% more than in the 2019 fiscal year ($716 billion)
21 Dec, 2019
US President Donald Trump has signed the defense budget for the fiscal year 2020 (started on October 1) which envisages imposing sanctions on Russia.
The defense budget stands at $738 billion, which is 3.1% more than in the 2019 fiscal year ($716 billion). Around $635 billion is allocated to the Pentagon, and $71.5 to continuing military operations in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen and to fighting against terrorism in other countires. A total of $31.5 billion is allocated for maintaining the combat capabilities of the nuclear weapons and their modernization through the US Department of Energy, and for other defense purposes.
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Trump Didn’t Shrink U.S. Military Commitments Abroad—He Expanded Them
The President’s False Promise of Retrenchment
U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to extract the United States from costly foreign conflicts, bring U.S. troops home, and shrug off burdensome overseas commitments. “Great nations do not fight endless wars,” Trump declared in his 2019 State of the Union address. “We’re bringing our troops back home,” he boasted during a cabinet meeting in October. “I got elected on bringing our soldiers back home.”
But after nearly three years in office, Trump’s promised retrenchment has yet to materialize. The president hasn’t meaningfully altered the U.S. global military footprint he inherited from President Barack Obama. Nor has he shifted the costly burden of defending U.S. allies.
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Space Force: Trump officially launches new US military service
21 December 2019
President Donald Trump has officially funded a Pentagon force focused on warfare in space – the US Space Force.
The new military service, the first in more than 70 years, falls under the US Air Force.
At an army base near Washington, Mr Trump described space as “the world’s newest war-fighting domain”.
“Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital,” he said.
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