In this June 3, 2011, file photo, the Pentagon is seen from air from Air Force One. It's the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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WASHINGTON: It's the biggest budget the Pentagon has ever seen: $700 billion. That's far more in defense spending than America's two nearest competitors, China and Russia, and will mean the military can foot the bill for thousands more troops, more training, more ships and a lot else.The budget bill that President Donald Trump signed Friday includes huge spending increases for the military: The Pentagon will get $94 billion more this budget year than last -- a 15.5 percent jump.Of the $700 million in spending for the 2018 budget year that started last Oct. 1, about $629 billion is for core Pentagon operations and nearly $71 billion is for the wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere.Trump had requested a 2018 military budget of $603 billion for basic functions and $65 billion for war missions.The deal Congress approved early Friday also sets the Pentagon's 2019 budget at $716 billion, giving Mattis the financial stability he's been demanding.The bill also grants U.S. troops a 2.4 percent pay raise, slightly higher than the Pentagon had proposed.
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