Military Capabilities

Pentagon to shift USD3.8 billion from weapons accounts to border wall funding

14 February 2020

The Trump administration is poised to siphon USD3.8 billion away from the military services’ weapons accounts to pay for wall construction along the nation’s southern border despite the Pentagon’s assertion that it needs to focus on a high-end military competition with China and Russia.

In a reprogramming notice signed by acting Pentagon comptroller Elaine McCusker on 13 February, the department details plans to move dollars out of an array of weapons coffers – including from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, and America-class Amphibious Assault Ship – over to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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