Military Capabilities

Pentagon strips USD3.6 billion from MILCON projects to pay for border wall

05 September 2019

The Trump administration has unveiled plans to pull USD3.6 billion from military construction (MILCON) projects, including some inside key partner nations, to funnel dollars towards building a wall along the nation's southern border.

In early September, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper issued a memorandum detailing 127 projects on the chopping block, including USD1.8 billion from international projects, to pay for fencing and barriers along the US border with Mexico. The targets include projects at military installations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands still reeling from Hurricane Maria's 2017 strike, as well as funding for schools, weapons ranges, and storage facilities.

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