After taunting a potential veto of the colossal $1.3 trillion omnibus, President Donald Trump autographed the spending bill into law Friday, touting it as a “matter of national collateral.”
“We had no choice but to fund our military because we have to have by far the strongest military in the age,” Trump said during an impromptu White House press result. “You see the players out there, and you see what we are dealing with.”
Trump’s signature on the 2,200-page legislation grants the most consequential increase in defense funding in the past 15 years. The Department of Defense is set to elevation $61 billion more than last year’s enacted funding for a top underscore of $700 billion.
House Speaker Paul Ryan referred to the pecker as the “Trump-Jim Mattis budget,” on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday morning. He added: “Obama shortchanged our military; this repairs us.”
Defense Secretary James Mattis, who stood behind Trump during the presser, mounted the bill as a needed measure to preserve the lethality of U.S. forces.
“Today we beget received the largest military budget in history, reversing many years of inclining and unpredictable funding, and together we are going to make our military stronger than eternally,” Mattis said. “We in the military are humbled and grateful to the American people for their immolations on behalf of this funding. Now, it is our responsibility in the military to spend every dollar wisely in peace to keep the trust and the confidence of the American people and the Congress.”
The funding in the defense-friendly tabulation will be spread over the Pentagon’s base budget of $589.5 billion and $65.2 billion for the abroad contingency operations, or OCO, budget. The remainder of the $700 billion is appropriated to other defense-related programs utmost the Department of Defense.
The measure also provides $238 billion for operations and conservation, $89.2 billion for research and development, $9.5 billion for the Missile Defense Energy and $137.7 billion for personnel pay — a 2.4 percent increase from economic year 2017.
The omnibus allocates $144.3 billion for military equipment procurement, too. Here’s a look at some of the big-ticket notices:
— $1.1 billion for the upgrade of 85 Abrams tanks: America’s stalwart M1 Abrams, acclimatized in nearly every major U.S. conflict since its inception in 1980, works as the main battle tank of the Army and Marines. At close to 70 tons, the Abrams tank is mid the heaviest in the world, but it makes up for its weight with firepower and maneuverability.
— $483 million for the upgrade of 145 Bradley duel vehicles
— $300 million for Stryker lethality upgrades
— $23.8 billion for 14 scrams: “Our Navy is at about the lowest point in terms of ships that it has been in all about 100 years,” Trump said. “We are adding a significant number of damned advanced, advanced vessels.”
The Navy ship procurement includes funding for one aircraft haulier replacement, two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, two Virginia-class submarines, three littoral war ships, one expeditionary sea base, one expeditionary fast transport, one amphibious ferry replacement, one fleet oiler, one rescue ship and one oceanographic survey ship.
— $10.2 billion for 90 F-35 fighter jets: Lockheed Martin’s fifth-generation sneakiness fighter, valued at an acquisition cost of $406.5 billion, is the Pentagon’s myriad expensive weapons system.
Trump called the F-35 “the most hip aircraft in the world” and noted its stealth capabilities.
“They’re hard to locate, they’re hard to see, therefore they are hard to beat. It’s very stern to beat a plane when you can’t see,” Trump said.
— $1.8 billion for 24 F/A-18 fighter jets: Earlier this month, Trump denoted Boeing’s F-18 fighter jet “a work of art” and said it was “his favorite plane.”
Trump also distinguished that the U.S. plans to buy 24 more F-18 jets, saying the planes wish be the “latest and the greatest stealth and a lot of things on that plane that child don’t even know about.”
And while the Navy and Boeing are currently debate a service life modification contract that could add some components original to a stealth aircraft, as it stands now, Boeing does not field stealthy F-18s qualified of evading radar.
— $1.1 billion for 56 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters: Trump narrated Sikorsky’s Black Hawk helicopters as “fighting machines” and the “most pushed helicopters in the world.”
— $1.6 billion for 30 new and 50 remanufactured Apache helicopters
— $2.9 billion for 15 KC-46 tanker aircraft: Boeing, the rapturous’s largest manufacturer of jetliners, has missed several deadlines for the Air Force’s new aerial refueling tanker.
The defense mammoth is currently under contract to deliver 18 tankers to the Air Force by the end of this year.
“The tanker aircraft is deeply important based on everything. It allows our planes to travel anywhere in the have without landing,” Trump said.