Army FY20 budget proposal realigns $30B

Army FY20 budget proposal realigns $30B

The Army is slated to release its fiscal year 2020 budget request on March 12, which will include the realignment of nearly $30 billion to improve readiness and better support the Army’s six modernization priorities.

“We’ve been very consistent about where we’re trying to take the Army … by 2028,” said Undersecretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy. “We are trying to enable the National Defense Strategy, and we have taken some pretty dramatic steps to get there.”

The undersecretary discussed the Army’s upcoming budget request during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare breakfast series in Arlington, Virginia, Feb. 26.

While McCarthy didn’t go into a line-by-line detail about the upcoming budget, he shared that the FY20 request will include, “$8 billion in cost avoidance, and about $22 billion in cuts or terminations.”

A portion of the request will help fund the science and technology community, supporting the “31 signature priorities” outlined in the FY18 and FY19 budgets.

Freeing up $30 billion was no easy task. Last year, Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley ordered a comprehensive review of the entire budget. Army senior leaders, staff officers, and major commanders from all three components participated in the process, he said.

“We ran through every program in the budget,” McCarthy said. “They branded it ‘night court,’ because it had that shark tank [feel]. You went in there and you’d try to explain your program to the leadership. If it didn’t survive — it was out.”

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