Posted November 08, 2018 07:37:03As the military gears up for a $1.4 trillion military spending increase, the Department of Defense is expected to auction off millions of military-grade vehicles, aircraft, and other military equipment.
Military experts say this is just the beginning, and the bidding for equipment will ramp up rapidly as it prepares to spend billions on a new generation of aircraft and weapons systems.
Military experts predict the next big auction of military equipment will be for medical equipment.
“The Pentagon is going to have a ton of medical equipment coming up,” said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas E. Smith, who is an expert on the use of military vehicles.
“We’ll see more of these [bidding] cycles than any other time in history.”
Military spending for 2018 will be about $1 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
But this year’s military spending was only $1,854 per person.
And it was not even close to the $1 billion per person the Pentagon has spent on health care in the past.
In 2017, the military spent $7.2 billion on health and human services, a rate that has not changed much in a decade.
As of January, the Pentagon had spent $1 million per person on health services.
This year’s spending is also expected to exceed the spending of the first full fiscal year after President Donald Trump took office, which started in January 2019.
The Pentagon is already under a budget caps imposed by Congress after the fiscal cliff deal that led to the sequester.
Even before the caps were put in place, the U.S. military had an additional $3.8 billion on hand for fiscal 2019.
During the Trump administration, Congress enacted a defense spending bill that contained a $10 billion increase to military spending.
That bill, which is set to expire in September, will be used to help fill gaps in the military.
The defense spending caps have put some pressure on the Pentagon to increase spending on its other military programs, which include the Army and Navy.
The military has been ramping up its spending for its biggest weapon, the F-35 fighter jet, and has been pushing for a new stealth fighter.
The Pentagon also has been spending billions to replace aging F-22 and F-30 fighter jets.
The F-16 and F/A-18 fighter jets will likely be replaced in 2021.
Experts say the Air Force is likely to use the new F-18 stealth jet to replace the F/ A-18E/F stealth fighter in 2025, while the Navy is looking to replace its aging Navy Seaspray.
The Air Force has been looking to buy more F-117 fighter jets and is expected, along with the Navy, to buy a new carrier-based nuclear-powered aircraft.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters Tuesday that the Pentagon is expected in 2019 to announce the first procurement of a new version of the B-2 stealth bomber.
It will be a mid-life modernization of the current B-1 stealth bomber, which has been in service since 1982.
There are also plans to buy two new F/E-4 fighters, an upgraded version of an F-15E fighter and an upgraded F-4E/E fighter, the Air War Center said.
Officials are also planning to buy several F-37A fighters for the Air National Guard, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments said in a report.
Meanwhile, the Marine Corps has been working on a stealth jet that could be used in the coming years to replace a F-36, the report said.
The Pentagon announced plans to replace two F-111A fighters, but the F35 program has been bogged down in delays and cost overruns.
Trump’s budget blueprint also calls for an additional 400 F-14s to replace F-20s and 400 F/B-52s to augment the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) program.
AEW &C is a joint venture between the Air and Missile Defense Command and the Navy to replace and improve air defenses in the U-2 and U-3 spy planes.