US Pentagon shifts military construction funds to border wall

06 September 2019

A missile defence site in the US and a US Air Force F-22 Raptor maintenance facility in Europe are among the USD3.6 billion in military construction projects that the administration of US President Donald Trump plans to defer to pay for a wall on the US southern border.

The diverted funds include USD8 million to expand a long-range interceptor missile field at Fort Greely, Alaska; USD18 million for a low-observable/composite repair facility for the F-22 stealth fighter at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany; and USD2.7 million to upgrade hardened F-22 shelters, also at the German base.

Other deferred projects in the US and its territories include an aircraft maintenance hangar in San Juan, Puerto Rico; a machine gun range in Guam; a C-130J Super Hercules transport plane flight simulator facility at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station in California; a space control facility at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado; a ship maintenance facility in Portsmouth, Virginia; and an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft training facility at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

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