Robert Work: DoD’s Proposed FY 2018 Budget Seeks to Increase Spending on Munitions, Strategic Capabilities Office

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PentagonDeputy Defense Secretary Robert Work has said Defense Department planners have started to develop a budget plan for fiscal year 2018 that aims to increase funds for military weapons and prototyping efforts of DoD’s strategic capabilities office, Defense News reported Monday.

Work told reporters that President-elect Donald Trump’s team would finalize the proposed FY 2018 budget, Aaron Mehta writes.

“We took a careful look at all the different inventory objectives and tried to improve by expanding munition procurements as much as we can,” Work said.

“I can’t get into specifics, because it’s the PB18 budget and that is nothing more than a recommendation to the incoming administration,” he added.

Work also commended how SCO chief William Roper works to understand technology requirements through collaboration with service and combatant command chiefs, Mehta reports.

The Pentagon’s SCO has funded 26 prototyping programs and is expected to get $907 million in funds under the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, the report added.

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