The Navy has enough funding now to fix readiness problems, but the days of increased defense budgets are limited, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said this week, according to USNI News.
“We do have a national debt issue,” Spencer said Wednesday at a Surface Naval Association symposium in Arlington, Va. “If we think we’re going to get increasing dollars ad infinitum, folks, think again.”
Spencer said there must be accountability for investments.
“We need a sustainable path to support the way we’re going to grow,” Spencer said. “And a lot of that is going to have to come from us, because it’s not going to come from Congress.”
President Trump hinted Thursday at the Pentagon that he plans to increase the defense budget again in 2020. The formal budget request is slated for an early February release, though it could be delayed.
Navy Times photo by Mark D. Faram