The White House is seeking an additional $25 billion in long-term budget cuts for the Pentagon, as the Administration of President Barack Obama looks to eliminate some key programs in an effort to reduce spending, Reuters reported.
Officials from the Office of Management and Budget called for the Defense Department to locate $489 billion in spending cuts, an increase from the original $464 billion that was proposed, according to the news source.
“It appears that the White House is making a political calculation that there will be less election fallout from cutting weapons programs than from cutting veterans’ benefits,” Loren Thompson, chief operating officer for the Lexington Institute, told Reuters.
The Hill reported that these cuts have drawn criticism from the Republican Party, as they have argued that a decrease in the Pentagon’s budget could hurt the military. Officials noted that it would disrupt the technical edge, hurt the manufacturing sector and could prompt a return of conscription.
According to the news source, the Republican staff report predicted that the Navy would have to retire 60 ships, including two aircraft carriers, and the Army vehicle programs may also face extinction.