Pentagon Shifting Another $1.5 Billion to the Border Wall

Pentagon Shifting Another $1.5 Billion to the Border Wall

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

The Department of Defense has identified several more military programs that will be used as sources of funds to build part of President Trump’s border wall with Mexico. According to a document reviewed by The Washington Post, the Pentagon will shift $1.5 billion originally intended for projects including:  

  • Updates to the Minuteman III ballistic missile system, which will be delayed.
  • The Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) program.
  • A “space test experiment” by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
  • The new Blended Retirement System, which Pentagon officials said was less popular than expected.
  • Two funds that support coalition forces and Afghan troops within the Overseas Contingency Operations budget, which is intended to be used for war-fighting efforts.

While the Post did not report individual dollar amounts for each program, the Associated Press said that the OCO account would provide $604 million in reprogrammed funds, the largest single sum in the group. The AP also said that $251 million would come from a project targeting chemical weapons, while various Air Force programs would be contributing $344 million and the retirement system would add $224 million.

The Pentagon previously identified $1 billion that was being reprogrammed from Army personnel recruiting accounts, as well as $3.6 billion that was being redirected from military construction projects.