The Defense Department’s Office of Personnel Management is set to release its next budget proposal on Tuesday that will seek to trim $12.8 billion from the overall defense budget over the next decade, as part of an effort to rein in spending in an increasingly volatile environment.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OPM) is proposing a $9.8 trillion budget for fiscal year 2021 that includes $4.6 trillion in cuts to personnel, operations and maintenance, and non-defense programs.
While it is a reduction from previous years, the proposed reductions are the largest in a decade.OPM President Lt.
Gen. Joseph Votel said the budget cuts are necessary to address the “challenges we face.”
The proposed cuts will reduce the size of the defense workforce by 6,000 positions, and reduce the number of active duty military personnel by 5,000, according to the Pentagon.
The reductions come as the Pentagon grapples with a record $3 trillion budget deficit.
The Pentagon has been facing increased pressure from lawmakers and public health advocates to slash military spending amid growing concerns about the impact of climate change on public health.
The Pentagon also faces growing pressure to reduce spending to stem the growing health care costs of a growing number of Americans.
The proposed defense budget would represent the lowest in the budget year that began Oct. 1, 2017, and the largest since 2012, when the Defense Department spent more than $100 billion in its first fiscal year.