Except for the US Space Force, the Pentagon proposed slight end-strength cuts to all its armed forces in Fiscal Year 2022. American President’s 715 Bn dollars defense Budget proposal for FY2022 contains 17.4 Bn dollars for the United States Space Force, which is about 2.2 Bn dollars more than US Congress enacted this year.
The proposed $715 Bn dollars defense budget is $11.3 Bn increased from the US Congress’ 2021 appropriation.
The US Space Force accounts for nearly 2.5 percent of the total US Defense Department spending. The 2.2 Bn dollars increment for FY22 represents a noteworthy lift for the armed forces’ sixth and smallest military branch established by the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act.
US Forces End Strength Cuts
The released proposed budget calls for a cut of almost 5400 in total end strength to Air Force, Navy, Army, and Marine Corps.
According to Military Times, Mr. Biden’s first budget proposal raises the emerging Space Force Guardians by almost 31 percent, from FY21’s 6434 to 8400 in FY22.
The Marine Corps would drop 2143 Marines for maximum strength of 215300. But the Army’s proposed total strength would lose 1800 to have 1010500 soldiers.
The Air Force and Navy are getting overall budget increment; however, their total end strengths would drop. The Navy would lose 2549 to have a force end strength of 404800. Moreover, the Air Force would lose 855 airmen to have a total of 506900.
In its budget papers, the Pentagon intends to reduce the troop’s number amid disposing off the outdated weapons, vehicles, and some units, including older F-16 fighters, tank companies, landing ship docks.
These reductions would enable the Pentagon to emphasize on development of advanced capabilities and systems like cyber electronic warfare some special operations. The budget states that these future developments and capabilities are needed to allow the American military to continue with skilled potential challengers.
The US Air Force’s 156.3 Bn dollars budget suggests 2.5 Bn dollars for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile to replace Minuteman III. That request is 1.1 Bn dollars more than US Congress approved in 2020.