Ash Carter details Pentagon's $582.7 billion budget request

By Ryan Maass   |   Updated Feb. 2, 2016 at 12:14 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter revealed more details about President Obama's $582.7 billion budget request for the Pentagon on Tuesday.

The new budget includes $71.4 billion allocated for research and development and $7.5 billion to fight the Islamic State, Sunni radical militants also referred to as Daesh and by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL. Other portions of the budget include $8.1 billion for submarines and $1.8 billion for munitions.

Carter attributed changes in the budget to changes in international order, including increased military activity in China and Russia, Iran's influence in the Gulf, the threat of North Korea to the United States and its Pacific allies, and the fight against the Islamic State.

"In this budget, we're taking the long view. We have to, because even as we fight today's fights, we must also be prepared for the fights that might come 10, 20, or 30 years down the road," Carter said in a speech at the Economic Club in Washington.

The Defense Department also plans to quadruple its spending in Europe from $789 million to $3.4 billion in an effort to counter Russian aggression, which includes its support for anti-government rebels based in eastern Ukraine. The funding will go towards more training and military exercises and putting more troops in the region.

Carter also adds the Pentagon will begin investing more heavily in cybersecurity capabilities, which includes almost $7 billion for fiscal 2017, and nearly $35 billion over the next five years.

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