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Pentagon Asks Congress to Shift $3 Billion for Border, Drones

July 13, 2022, 4:05 PM

The Pentagon is asking lawmakers to allow almost $3 billion to be reprogrammed and used for priorities including deploying the military to the southwest border, new air defense artillery, and for technology to counter small unmanned aerial vehicles.

The Defense Department sent an omnibus reprogramming request of $2.86 billion to Congress, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg Government. The request covers funds Congress appropriated for fiscal 2022.

The request includes $29.3 million to pay for officer mobilization to the border, and another $141.5 million for more than 2,500 enlisted personnel to be deployed to the border. Migrant encounters ...