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Patrick Shanahan: DoD’s FY 2020 Spending Plan a ‘Requirement-Informed Budget’

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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the Pentagon’s $718 billion funding request for fiscal 2020 is a “requirement-informed budget” supporting the National Defense Strategy and addressing threats posed by Russia and China, the Department of Defense website reported Thursday.

Shanahan, a 2019 Wash100 winner, testified on Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee to provide an overview of DoD’s FY 2020 budget request and how its provisions intend to respond to those specific threats. The proposed budget supports nuclear triad modernization, improvements to the missile defense system, hypersonics development and investments in cyber and space capabilities.

Shanahan noted the budget’s shipbuilding portion includes the construction of Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers and three Virginia-class submarines. David Norquist, DoD’s comptroller and a fellow 2019 Wash100 winner, and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined Shanahan during the Senate hearing.

The Wash100 award, now in its sixth year, recognizes the most influential executives in the GovCon industry as selected by the Executive Mosaic team in tandem with online nominations from the GovCon community. Representing the best of the private and public sector, the winners demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, reliability, achievement and vision.

Visit the Wash100 site to learn about the other 99 winners of the 2019 Wash100 Award. On the site, you can submit your 10 votes for the GovCon executives of consequence that you believe will have the most significant impact in 2019.