Trump Signs $717 Bln Defense Bill

Trump Signs $717 Bln Defense Bill

Therefore, the U.S. is boosting its military to an unprecedented scale to ensure its global dominance through advanced military hardware, such as in space, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and underwater warfare, he added. "We must have American dominance in space". We will be so far ahead of them in a very short period of time, your head will spin.

The NDAA authorizes $7.6 billion to procure 77 F-35 fighter jets and $24.1 billion to fund the construction of 13 new battle force ships and accelerates funding for several future ships. The cost of national defense of the United States lies in the amount of 716 billion dollars.

The bill also gives troops a 2.6 per cent pay raise, the highest in nine years, The Hill reported. The bill was named for one of Trump's political critics, the ailing US Senator John McCain of Arizona, but he did not mention McCain's name.

Trump later made a reference to McCain at a political fund-raiser in Utica, New York, knocking him - as Trump does repeatedly - for voting against a bill to repeal parts of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law past year.

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The new budget has seen a 3.5 percent increase over the $692 billion budget from the previous fiscal year, marking the largest military budget in United States history, according to the Pentagon.

The NDAA keeps faith with President Trump's full-hearted support of Israel, authorizing $500 million for the co-development and co-production of missile defense systems. Turkey had placed an order for procuring 30 F-35A fighter jets and it intends to buy 70 more under the Joint Striker Fighter project.

"Although Sino-US relations have not yet entered a new Cold War, the future of bilateral ties will be rocky in the next few years", the researcher said. Taiwan's national defense spending would continue to increase and the use of special budgets would be approved in the case of important purchases, President Tsai Ing-wen said. "We are the best funded". Before his speech, viewed an air assault exercise on a tarmac at the base, watching as Chinook helicopters delivered howitzers, which were then fired by soldiers. Please read our before commenting.

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