The Pentagon will not simply apply a fixed, across-the-board reduction to its original fiscal 2020 budget request as it develops an alternate proposal with a topline $33 billion lower than the initial one, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told Defense News. “No salami slicing. It’s not about sending a memo to the departments: ‘Here’s your [cut], come back in a week.’ That is not how we’ll go around that exercise,” Shanahan said. The need for the department to prepare a second FY 2020 budget for $700 billion comes as President Trump is attempting to trim spending across the government. That figure represents a 2.2 percent reduction from current year spending on national security.
The Defense News interview covers Shanahan’s first 14 months at the Pentagon, his priorities for the next year and the enduring “systemic” change he hopes to bring about.
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