James Mattis’ Memo Eyes FY 2017 Budget Amendment to Address Warfighting Readiness

Defense Secretary James Mattis has issued a memo that outlines a spending plan that seeks to prioritize near-term readiness and postpone equipment modernization efforts until 2019, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.

Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. writes the Defense Department will submit to the Office of Management and Budget by March 1 its fiscal year 2017 budget amendment request that aims to address “urgent warfighting readiness shortfalls” and requirements related to the campaign against the Islamic State militant organization.

The FY 2017 amendment may include a rise in force structure in areas that would have an impact on immediate readiness efforts.

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