Despite push for future tech, munitions remain major wedge in budget

Defense News: The Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget is being billed as the bridge to the future, moving the department away from years of conflict in the Middle East and toward great power competition with Russia and China.

But the realities on the ground remain, and so does an ever-present need for munitions.

Overall, missiles and munitions made up 9 percent of the investment budget request, at $21.6 billion. The total is a 10-year high, with rapid growth happening in the last five years after the account bottomed out at $9 billion in FY15.

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