CBO: Trump military plans would add $683B to budget over 10 years

By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |  Dec. 4, 2017 at 5:47 PM
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Dec. 4 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump's plans to boost military spending could add $683 billion to defense spending planned by the Obama administration over the next 10 years, a Congressional Budget Office analysis released Monday indicates.

In 2027, the base budget for the Pentagon would be $688 billion, 20 percent more than the Obama administration planned on needing.

"If the new administration's goals for increasing the readiness, size and capabilities of the military were pursued, cumulative costs would be $683 billion (or 12 percent) higher from 2018 through 2027 than costs of the Obama administration's final budget plan for those same years, according to CBO's projections," the CBO report said.

The CBO calculated the Defense Department's yearly base budget according to Trump's desires for a bigger military. The office used Trump's 2018 budget request and congressional testimony to determine the extent of the military expansion used in its analysis.

The CBO determined the Trump administration wants to grow the armed forces by 237,000 troops (10 percent), add 355 ships to the Navy, and grow spending for new weapons and weapons research.

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