- The US President has approved the defense budget of $ 768.2 billion for the year 2022
- In this, a provision of $ 7.1 billion has been made to run the campaign in the Indo-Pacific region.
- Along with this, there has also been a call to make a ‘big strategy’ against China in this budget.
US President Joe Biden has approved a defense budget of $768.2 billion for the year 2022 amid rising tensions with China. In this, a provision of only $ 7.1 billion has been made to run the campaign in the Indo-Pacific region. Also called for a ‘big strategy’ against China. This year’s budget has focused primarily on increasing competition with China and Russia.
State-of-the-art technologies such as hypersonic weapons, artificial intelligence, 5G, quantum computing, etc. have been emphasized in the budget. A provision of $ 7.1 billion has been made in this budget to run the campaign in the Indian Pacific region. This is the same area where China is continuously showing grandeur. There seems to be a war-like situation between China and Taiwan in the South China Sea. At the same time, the tension between India and China has increased significantly in Ladakh.
In-depth conversations between Democrats and Republicans
The President of America signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Monday and gave it the form of law. Under this law, $ 768.2 billion has been authorized for spending on defense items, including a 2.7 percent increase in the salaries of members of the defense services for 2022. The NDAA authorizes a five percent increase in military spending and is the result of intense negotiations between Democrats and Republicans on issues ranging from reforming the military justice system to COVID-19 vaccination requirements for soldiers.
“The Act provides significant benefits to military personnel and their families and increases access to justice, and enlists key authorities to support our nation’s national defense,” Biden said in a statement. The authorized amount of $768.2 billion is $25 billion more than the amount Biden had initially requested Parliament. The former proposal was rejected by members of both parties over concerns that it would undermine US efforts to maintain a similar military capability with China and Russia.
Commendation of reforms in the military justice system
The new bill passed with bipartisan support earlier this month. Democratic Party members hailed reform of the military justice system through the bill, which would effectively take prosecution jurisdiction out of the hands of military commanders in crimes including sexual assault. At the same time, Republican members were able to block an effort to include women in the draft, as well as include a provision that would prevent the humiliating dismissal of military personnel who refuse to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Is.