Service chiefs paint bleak picture ahead of defense budget
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 16, 2016
WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain called the military service chiefs to Capitol Hill on Thursday to make the case for a bigger defense budget as lawmakers were poised to decide on whether to move ahead with a $18 billion hike.
In committee testimony, the chiefs of the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy complained about anemic budgets and painted bleak pictures of cash-strapped services with aging equipment, under-trained troops and a lack of preparations for war with a major world power such as Russia or China.
“The butcher’s bill is paid in blood, of American soldiers, for unready forces and we have a long history of that,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
McCain, R-Ariz., said U.S. forces will need an additional $250 billion during the next five years just to fend off decline.