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US Army's 2018 budget request stockpiles munitions, modernizes armored brigades

WASHINGTON — The Army’s fiscal year 2018 budget request funds a 1,018,000 total force and prioritizes munitions stockpiles and modernization of armored brigade combat teams. The White House’s defense budget request is expected to be unveiled at the Pentagon on May 23. Defense News has learned the Army’s base budget request in 2018 will be $137.1 billion. The request in 2017, the last one of the Obama administration, funded the Army at $123.1 billion. The European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) funding in 2018 continues to rise from previous years, with a request for $4.8 billion. The Army’s portion of that is roughly $3.2 million, according to a defense official. The ERI, the umbrella under which funding for European support has been funneled following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014, was more than quadrupled from 2016 in the 2017 request going from $789 million to $3.4...

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