Official calls for at least USD 733 bn for US military budget to avoid 'risk'
"Anything below $733 (billion) would increase risk and that risk would be manifested across the force," Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
"We are in the process now, very carefully across the department, examining the details of what the nature of that risk would be," he added.
U.S. President Donald Trump, faced with a budget deficit at a six-year high, has told his Cabinet to come up with proposals to cut spending by their agencies by 5 per cent, but he suggested the military would be largely spared.
(With inputs from agencies.)