US defense budget: Senate tries to save certain military programs

At the start of the year, the Pentagon released its projected budget for fiscal year 2021. As we have already had the opportunity to analyze it, these American Defense publications offer a unique perspective on the short and long term planning of the various armed branches of the United States. Thus, as every year, the Pentagon has proposed to sacrifice certain existing equipment in order to finance the new programs, in accordance with the budget allocated to it.

And, as every year, the members of the American Congress will be responsible for giving their opinion on the decisions taken by the Department of Defense, putting as much emphasis on operational aspects as aspects of industrial policy and, therefore, electoral issues. Recently, it was the turn of the American upper house, the Senate, to give its opinion on the military programming of the year 2021. And, as often, it would seem that the American Senators, through the Senate Armed Services Committee ( SASC), are trying to save certain defense programs that the Pentagon was ready to stop or drastically reduce.

If the MALE tankers and drones seem to be protected by the Senate, this is not the case of the B-1B, which could actually experience an early withdrawal of part of its fleet.

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