Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget
“I am proud to join President Biden today in submitting the fiscal year 2023 Budget. Our department’s budget will help us continue to defend the nation, take care of our people and succeed through teamwork with our allies and partners.
This $773 billion budget request reinforces our commitment to the concept of integrated deterrence, allows us to better sequence and conduct operations around the globe that are aligned to our priorities, modernizes the Joint Force, and delivers meaningful support for our dedicated workforce and their families.
To those ends, we are requesting nearly $56.5 billion for air power platforms and systems; more than $40.8 billion for sea power, to include nine more battle force ships, and nearly $12.6 billion to modernize Army and Marine Corps fighting vehicles. We are requesting more than $130.1 billion for research and development in this budget - an all-time high - because we understand the need to sharpen our readiness in advanced technology, cyber, space and artificial intelligence. Importantly, this budget funds modernization of all three legs of the nuclear triad to ensure that we continue to maintain a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent. And we have devoted more than $3 billion to address the effects of climate change, bolstering our installation resiliency and adaptation to climate challenges.
We are also asking that Congress support our efforts to take care of our most critical asset, our people. Our budget requests $479 million to implement the recommendations of the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault, and our 4.6 percent pay raise for our military and civilian personnel helps ensure they receive the pay they deserve and need, particular in light of the challenging current economic realities. Our budget request also includes additional investments to provide affordable childcare for both our military and civilian workforce. For instance, we are making additional investments in childcare fee assistance for both military and civilian members.
As I have said many times, we need resources matched to strategy, strategy matched to policy and policy matched to the will of the American people.
This budget gives us the resources we need to deliver on that promise. Our budget reflects our National Defense Strategy and the focus of that strategy on the pacing challenge of China. It will help us prepare for other future challenges, as well, including those posed by climate change. It preserves our readiness and deterrent posture against the threats we face today: the acute threat of an aggressive Russia and the constantly emerging threats posed by North Korea, Iran, and violent extremist organizations. And it absolutely supports our policy of U.S. global leadership of — and responsibility for — our vast network of alliances and partnerships.
I am proud of the work that has gone into this budget request, and I look forward to discussing it with members of Congress in the days and weeks ahead.” – Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III
On March 28, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration submitted to Congress a proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Budget request of $813.3 billion for national defense, $773.0 billion of which is for the Department of Defense (DoD). In a dynamic and evolving security environment, a strong and adaptive U.S. military remains a central pillar for U.S. national security. The FY 2023 Defense Budget provides the resources necessary to sustain and strengthen U.S. deterrence, advancing our vital national interests through:
Taking Care of People
The DoD recognizes that its most critical asset is our people. The FY 2023 Budget aims to cultivate our military and civilian workforce, grow our talent, build resilience and force readiness, and ensure accountable leadership. Investments include:
The FY23 President’s Budget allows DoD to develop, procure, and modernize capabilities to ensure combat-credible forces across all domains to address the pacing challenge from the People’s Republic of China and to address acute threats from Russia:
Nuclear Enterprise Modernization to recapitalize all three legs of the nuclear triad ($34.4 billion). Investments Include:
Lethal Air Forces ($56.5 billion). Investments include:
Modernized Naval Forces ($40.8 billion). Investments include:
Combat Effective Ground Forces ($12.6 billion). Investments include:
Missile Defeat and Defense ($24.7 billion). Investments include:
Long Range Fires ($7.2 billion). Investments include:
Space and Space-Based Systems ($27.6 billion). Investments include:
Campaigning. Investments include:
Joint Force Readiness ($134.7 billion, an increase of $6.3 billion or +4.9% over the estimated FY22 enacted amount of $128.4 billion). The Department is approaching readiness through a strategic lens, expanding beyond operational readiness to incorporate multi-dimensional and long-term readiness. Investments include:
U.S. prosperity and military success depend on the cyber resiliency of the Joint Force to execute missions successfully in a contested environment. The FY 2023 Budget allows for continued investment in cyberspace initiatives.
Cyberspace Activities ($11.2 billion). Investments include:
The FY 2023 Budget continues DoD’s progress to modernize and innovate, including the largest investment ever in RDT&E—more than 9.5% over the FY 2022 enacted level.
Science and Technology and Advanced Capability Enablers. Investments include:
The Department recognizes the vital importance of addressing dangerous transboundary threats. The FY 2023 Budget ensures DoD continues its work to combat current and future crises.
Addressing the Climate Crisis ($3.1 billion). Investments include:
Building Pandemic Preparedness. Focus areas include:
The Department is committed to being responsible stewards of taxpayer funds. The military departments have driven program reforms and retired vulnerable systems and programs that no longer meet mission needs to allow DoD to realign spending towards supporting Secretary’s priorities to Defend the Nation, Take Care of People, and Succeed Through Teamwork. Areas of savings include:
The entire budget proposal and additional materials are available at: https://www.defense.gov/cj
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