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Trump's budget plan short on details of how defense dollars will be spent but Colorado Springs could benefit

March 16, 2017 Updated: March 16, 2017 at 3:43 pm
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President Donald Trump's budget proposal issued Thursday is long on military cash but short on details on how the Pentagon is supposed to spend it. iStock photo.

President Donald Trump's budget proposal issued Thursday is long on military cash but short on details on how the Pentagon is supposed to spend the proposed extra $54 billion and whether any of it will be spent in Colorado Springs.

Trump's budget calls for expanding the Army, ensuring the military's space dominance and beefing up the nation's cyber warfare contingent.

All of those things could be good news in Colorado Springs, where about 40 percent of the economy flows from Pentagon coffers.

Whether the 10 percent boost in Pentagon spending would directly impact Air Force Space Command, which controls the military's satellites and the Air Force's computer networks, is not specified.

Space Command is due for a budget increase with its ongoing redesign of the defense satellite network and its proposed boost to Air Force cyber efforts.

Budget cuts during the Barack Obama years cut about $1 billion annually from Space Command.

Trump's budget plan also called for boosting the Army, but it didn't list a specific goal for the number of new troops.

Fort Carson, the Pikes Peak region's largest base, already is home to 24,500 soldiers.

Obama-era defense cuts eliminated a brigade combat team from Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division while enlarging other units at the post. The move cut about 400 soldiers. A big reason Trump's military spending plan is so vague is the administration has ordered the Pentagon to rewrite the National Defense Strategy plan.

That planning document is a roadmap used by military leaders to determine what forces they need to counter the enemies that present the most serious threats to the nation.

In the past, changes to the strategic plan have led to big changes in Pentagon weapons purchases and changes in the size of the military's component services.

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Contact Tom Roeder: 636-0240

Twitter: @xroederx

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