WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is asking for $705.4 billion in its fiscal 2021 budget, $13 billion less than what Congress gave the Pentagon in fiscal 2020.
The White House on Monday officially released the broad details of President Donald Trump's fiscal 2021 budget request, which seeks a colossal $740.5 billion for national defense. The budget proposal for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 is being submitted to Congress on Monday.
The $705.4 billion Pentagon portion is composed of a base budget of $636.4 billion and $69 billion for overseas contingency operations funding, aka the war budget. The remainder of the overall $740.5 billion request funds nuclear weapons programs under the Department of Energy as well as other agencies.
Here is some of what the Pentagon is seeking: