USAF Takes Big Hit as DOD Reprograms Funds to Pay for Border Wall

The Air Force is taking the biggest hit of all the services as the Pentagon reprograms funds to build a wall along the southern border, with about half of the procurement costs coming from appropriated USAF projects.

The Pentagon announced May 10 it is reprogramming about $1.5 billion from appropriated operations and maintenance and overseas contingency operations funding to build 78.25 miles of fencing in four projects around Tucson, Ariz., and El Centro, Texas. That includes $818.5 million that will be moved from fiscal 2019 appropriated funding, including $402.3 million from USAF programs, and $681.5 million that will be pulled from overseas contingency operations funds.

These funds “were drawn from a variety of sources, including cost savings, programmatic changes, and revised requirements. This transfer of funds will not affect military preparedness, nor impact service member benefits,” the Pentagon said in a statement. 

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Source: Air Force Magazine