NORFOLK, Va. - The President's proposed fiscal year 2021 budget is out and it includes another pay raise for service members.
The $705.4 billion budget proposal includes that 3% pay increase for those in uniform, and also increases the allowances for housing.
The DOD request also includes $15.4 billion for the newly created Space Force.
Continuing to phase in the F-35 Lightning II is part of the defense budget for 2021, with $11.4 billion allocated for 79 of the fighter jet variants.
For the Navy, the budget request funds just one new Virginia-class submarine at $4.7 billion.
The Virginia-class submarines are built jointly between Newport News Shipbuilding and Electric Boat in Connecticut.
Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is already raising concerns about the plan to build just one Virginia-class submarine, which is a departure from funding for two each year.
"I’m concerned that the President’s budget proposal dramatically cuts funding for Virginia-class submarines. For years, robust funding for these submarines has strengthened our national security and our shipbuilding industry in Hampton Roads. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I’m going to push hard to reject this budget cut and ensure full funding for two Virginia-class submarines," Kaine said in a statement.
The budget also includes $3.5 billion for two DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
"In short, this budget invests in bringing the capabilities of tomorrow to life," Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist said at a Pentagon briefing Monday.
"The result is a budget that puts us on a path to develop a future force that will prevail in each and every domain — air, land and sea, space and cyber — leveraging the capabilities of each in a synchronized fashion while fighting seamlessly across them all," he added.
The budget request proposal could change significantly as it works through Congress.