News / USA

Obama Holds Steady on 2015 US Defense Spending, Foreign Aid

President Barack Obama answers a question regarding the situation in the Ukraine during his visit to unveil his 2015 budget at the Powell Elementary School in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, March 4, 2014.
President Barack Obama answers a question regarding the situation in the Ukraine during his visit to unveil his 2015 budget at the Powell Elementary School in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, March 4, 2014.
VOA News
U.S. President Barack Obama is proposing to keep 2015 American defense spending and foreign aid near their current levels, but at the same time shift funding to meet the country's evolving national security priorities.

The president is calling for a $496-billion defense budget for the year starting in October, unchanged from this year. But the spending plan Obama sent to Congress would shrink the size of the U.S. Army from 490,000 active-duty soldiers to a range between 440,000 and 450,000. That would be the smallest force since before World War II.

The plan envisions what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says would be a shift toward a more versatile, agile military, rather than a larger one equipped to fight lengthy ground battles.

The president called for a $42.6-billion budget for the State Department and the country's chief foreign aid agency, a slight decrease from the current total.

U.S. Budget - Fiscal Year 2015U.S. Budget - Fiscal Year 2015
x
U.S. Budget - Fiscal Year 2015
U.S. Budget - Fiscal Year 2015
The plan calls for about $5 billion in spending for programs for various assistance programs in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, a sharp reduction. It also would allocate $3 billion for international peace-keeping operations.

Obama called for $4.6 billion to secure U.S. personnel and facilities overseas, a direct response to the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed a U.S. ambassador and three others.

You May Like

University of Michigan Wins Solar Car Race

Squad guided its student-designed solar-powered vehicle to fifth consecutive time victory in eight-day bi-annual American Solar Challenge More

Nigerian Islamic School Tries to Combat Boko Haram

Kaduna school headmaster teaches his students that what militants are doing is are doing is 'a total misunderstanding of the Islamic religion' More

University Trains Students to Advocate for Deaf People Worldwide

Program prepares graduates to advocate internationally for access to education, jobs for people with disabilities More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid