President Donald Trump’s proposed military budget includes a nearly 11 percent spending increase for U.S. Special Operations Command headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base.
The measure, if approved by Congress, would bump up the command’s budget by 10.9 percent, from a total of $12.3 billion in Fiscal Year 2018 to $13.6 billion, according to Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty, a SOCom spokesman. The proposed budget includes a $9.1 billion base and an additional $4.6 billion in war funding.
SOCom is responsible for fielding trained and equipped Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Green Berets, Delta Force, Marine Raiders and Air Force commandos while providing billions of dollars a year in special operations-specific good and services.
One of the largest proposed increases is in SOCom’s procurement budget, which would jump nearly 40 percent to $3.1 billion.
The request, however, would see a 6.5 percent decrease in the amount of money spent on research, development, testing and evaluation, to $602 million. The President’s proposal also calls for a 45 percent cut in military construction, to $357 million.