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Pentagon asks for major budget increase

IANS  |  Washington 

Citing increasing threats from and Russia, the has asked for a major boost in military spending for 2019, requesting to approve a budget of $686 billion, one of the largest in the country's history, the media reported.

Touting the proposal on Monday, said the would be the strongest it has ever been, including "increasing arsenals of virtually every weapon", reports

The $686 billion budget is an increase of $80 billion from 2017 the has said that it was primarily aimed at countering and

"Great power competition, not terrorism, has emerged as the central challenge to US security and prosperity," Under told reporters Monday following the unveiling of the budget proposal.

"It is increasingly clear that and want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model-gaining veto authority over other nations' economic, diplomatic, and security decisions," the budget document said.

is "using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbours while militarizing features in the Sea", according to the document.

China "seeks regional hegemony in the near-term", but in the long term seeks to "achieve global pre-eminence" over the US, quoted the document as saying.

"has violated the borders of nearby nations and pursues veto power over the economic, diplomatic, and security decisions of its neighbours," it added.

The proposal would add 25,900 service members to the military and further grow the force by 56,600 by 2023, allowing the to fill in units, and recruit pilots, maintainers and cyber-security experts, according to Norquist.

Troops would also receive a 2.6 per cent pay raise during the 2019 calendar year, in what would be the largest salary increase since 2010.



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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 10:20 IST