• The U.S. Defense Department has released a $705 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request that includes funding for cybersecurity, hypersonic weaponry, artificial intelligence and multidomain warfare. Credit: Defense Department photo
     The U.S. Defense Department has released a $705 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request that includes funding for cybersecurity, hypersonic weaponry, artificial intelligence and multidomain warfare. Credit: Defense Department photo

DOD Budget Invests in Cyber, Interoperability

February 10, 2020


Department officials request $705 billion for fiscal year 2021.


President Donald J. Trump sent Congress a proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget request of $740.5 billion for national security, $705.4 billion of which is for the Department of Defense (DOD), department officials announced today.

This budget focuses on improving military readiness and investing in the modernization of a more lethal force; strengthening alliances, deepening interoperability, and attracting new partners; reforming the department for greater performance and accountability; and supports service members and their families, according to the announcement.

This budget focuses on National Defense Strategy (NDS) priorities of nuclear deterrence recapitalization and homeland missile defense, while refining the focus on the cyber and space warfighting domains and joint enablers for all operations in all domains: air, land, sea, space and cyber. It also advances the development of critical technologies, including hypersonics, microelectronics and 5G and artificial intelligence.   

The 2021 budget request of $705.4 billion, when compared to the FY 2020 enacted amount of $704.6 billion, which excludes natural disaster emergency funding, shows very small growth of approximately 0.1 percent.

Budget highlights include:

Nuclear Modernization ($28.9 billion).

  • Nuclear Command, Control and Communications - $7 billion
  • B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber - $2.8 billion
  • COLUMBIA Class Ballistic Missile Submarine - $4.4 billion
  • Long-Range Stand-off Missile - $474 million
  • Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent - $1.5 billion

Missile Defeat and Defense ($20.3 billion)

  • Sea-Based Interceptors (SM-3 IIA and IB) - $619 million
  • AEGIS Ballistic Missile Defense System - $1.1 billion
  • Homeland Defense and Next Generation Interceptors - $664 million
  • Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Ballistic Missile Defense - $916 million
  • Patriot Advanced Capability Missile Segment Enhancement - $780 million

Space Domain ($18.0 billion)

  • U.S. Space Force - $15.4 billion, which includes:
    - 3 National Security Space Launch (aka EELV) - $1.6 billion
    - 2 Global Positioning System III and Projects - $1.8 billion
    - Space Based Overhead Persistent Infrared Systems - $2.5 billion
     
  • U.S. Space Command - $249 million
  • Space Development Agency - $337 million​

Cyberspace ($9.8 billion)

  • Cybersecurity - $5.4 billion
  • Cyberspace – Operations - $3.8 billion
  • Cyberspace Science and Technology - $556 million
  • In addition to the $9.8 billion, the budget funds:​
    - Artificial Intelligence - $841 million
    - Cloud - $789 million

Air Domain ($56.9 billion)

  • 79 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters - $11.4 billion
  • 15 KC-46 Tanker Replacements - $3.0 billion
  • 24 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets - $2.1 billion
  • 52 AH-64E Attack Helicopters - $1.2 billion
  • 5 VH-92 Presidential Helicopters - $739 million
  • P-8A Aircraft  - $269 million
  • 7 CH-53K King Stallion - $1.5 billion
  • 12 F-15EX - $1.6 billion

Maritime Domain ($32.3 billion)

  • 1 COLUMBIA Class Ballistic Missile Submarine - $4.4 billion
  • CVN-78 FORD Class Aircraft Carrier - $3.0 billion
  • 1 Virginia Class Submarine - $4.7 billion
  • 2 DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Destroyers - $3.5 billion
  • 1 Frigate (FFG(X))  - $1.1 billion
  • 1 Landing Platform Dock Ship (LPD) - $1.2 billion
  • Fleet Replenishment Oiler (T-AO) - $95 million
  • 2 Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) (Large) - $464 million
  • 2 Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ships (T-ATS) - $168 million

Land Domain ($13.0 billion)

  • 4,247 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles - $1.4 billion
  • 89 M-1 Abrams Tank Modifications/Upgrades - $1.5 billion
  • 72 Amphibious Combat Vehicles - $521 million
  • 32 Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles - $290 million

Munitions ($21.3 billion)

  • 20,338 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) - $533 million
  • 7, 360 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) - $1.2 billion
  • 125 Standard Missile-6 - $816 million
  • 1,490 Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) - $432 million
  • 8,150 Hellfire Missiles - $517 million
  • 400 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - $577 million
  • 53 Long Range Anti-Ship Missile - $224 million

The budget contains the department's largest research, development, test and evaluation budget in its history ($106.6 billion) and is focused on the development of crucial emerging technologies, the announcement says. DOD is making critical investments in several of these technologies, referred to as advanced capabilities enablers (ACEs), such as:

  • Hypersonics - $3.2 billion
  • Microelectronics/5G - $1.5 billion
  • Autonomy - $1.7 billion
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI):  $841 million

Investments include: 

  • Army readiness - $30.9 billion
  • Navy and Marine Corps readiness - $47.5 billion
  • Air Force readiness - $37.1 billion
  • Special Operations Command readiness - $9.5 billion
  • Increases military end strength from FY 2020 projected levels by 5,600 in 2021

The entire budget proposal and additional material are available at: http://www.defense.gov/cj.

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