Pentagon Asks for $18.4B Increase
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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Bush administration will ask Congress to boost next year’s military budget by an additional $18.4 billion, capping a review of Pentagon needs by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
The figure, provided by a senior administration official and a congressional aide, would be 5.7 percent more than the $325.1 billion that President Bush proposed in the fiscal 2002 budget he released in April.
At the time, the administration said its initial request was a preliminary one pending Rumsfeld’s look at the sprawling agency he inherited after Bush took office in January.