Trump Reportedly Weighing Executive Order to Significantly Strengthen Military


President Trump is weighing a draft executive order that would significantly strengthen the military and its capabilities, according to a new report.

The order would task new Defense Secretary James Mattis with pursuing Trump’s campaign pledge of “Peace through Strength” by overhauling military spending, The Washington Post said Friday.

Trump’s plan would have the Pentagon and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) combine to craft a “military readiness emergency budget amendment.”

The amendment would boost military spending this year, the Post reports, allowing Mattis to then revise the Pentagon’s tentative budget proposal for 2018 within 90 days. Mattis would be charged with creating a new national security strategy that explicitly bolsters the military by that January.

Areas of focus would include modernizing the U.S. nuclear arsenal, beefing up missile defense, adding new Special Operations forces and addressing delays in the maintenance of existing equipment.

The draft order stipulates Mattis must overcome “shortfalls” in ares such as cyberwarfare, personnel recovery and expeditionary naval forces.

It would charge Mattis with conducting a 30-day “readiness review” to assess what is needed for combating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The review would examine military training, maintenance, ammunition and infrastructure, all while preparing for “other forms of Islamic terror.”

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SOURCE: The Hill, Mark Hensch