The US Defense Department has called on Congress to approve a major budget increase in order to counter “threats” from Russia, China, and North Korea.
The Pentagon on Monday asked for a budget of $686 billion to be allocated to military spending in 2019. The requested amount is one of the largest in US history, and is also focused on beefing up the country’s nuclear arsenal. The budget sees an increase of $80 billion from 2017.
On top of the $686 billion budget request was an additional $30 billion for agencies including the Department of Energy, which maintains American nuclear weapons.
Under-Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist told reporters on Monday that the budget aims to neutralize threats posed by China and Russia which “want to shape a world consistent with their own authoritarian intentions.”
“We recognize that, if unaddressed, our eroding US military advantage versus China and Russia could undermine our ability…