Pentagon Warfighting Commands Ask for More Cash, But Congress Grows Weary
The Pentagon's warfighting commands want more cash but some members of congress are getting tired of their requests due to budget deficits & increased scrutiny over defense spending allocations & efficiency - with implications for US foreign policy going forward into 2021 & beyond
Apr. 01, 2023 4:10PM
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The Pentagon’s warfighting commands are asking for more cash, but some in Congress are growing weary of the request. According to a report by Foreign Policy’s Jack Detsch and Robbie Gramer, the U.S. military is seeking additional funds to modernize its capabilities and maintain its global presence. The request comes at a time when the United States is facing budget deficits and increased spending on defense programs has come under scrutiny from both sides of the aisle in Congress. The Pentagon has argued that its requests are necessary to ensure that it can continue to effectively respond to threats around the world, but some lawmakers have raised concerns about how much money is being spent on defense and whether it is being used efficiently. In recent years, there has been an increase in funding for military operations such as counter-terrorism efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other overseas missions. However, many members of Congress have expressed concern about how these funds are being allocated and whether they are being used appropriately or wasted on unnecessary projects. At the same time, there has been a push from some lawmakers to cut back on defense spending and focus more resources on domestic issues such as healthcare and education. This sentiment has been echoed by President Joe Biden who campaigned on reducing military spending while increasing investments in domestic priorities such as infrastructure projects and job creation initiatives. As Congress debates how much money should be allocated towards defense programs, it remains unclear if the Pentagon will get what it wants or if lawmakers will decide to cut back on funding for warfighting commands due to budgetary constraints or other considerations. Either way, this debate could have far-reaching implications for U.S foreign policy going forward into 2021 and beyond.