Military Capabilities

Pentagon planning initial legacy weapons cuts in FY 2021 budget request

10 September 2019

When Congress receives the Pentagon's fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) budget request, it will include initial plans to kill and curtail legacy weapons systems to pay for newer ones to better position the department to fight in a large-scale conflict, according to a top department spokesperson.

Jonathan Hoffman, the assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, told reporters on 9 September that the department has begun "identifying cost sharing or saving" avenues and there is "no reason" to wait on making changes.

"If [Secretary of Defense Mark Esper] sees a programme that needs to end or needs to be moved, he'll make that decision as quickly as he can," Hoffman told reporters at the Pentagon.

"If he identifies changes that would save money, there's no interest in waiting until next year to start saving money," he said.

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