The Pentagon budget for fiscal year 2013 will reach 613.4 billion dollars, representing a decrease of 9% compared to 2012, announced the U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to journalists on Thursday night .
“The Pentagon request for fiscal year 2013 (beginning October 1, 2012 – ed) 613.4 billion, including $ 88.4 billion will be for military operations in Afghanistan,” said the minister.
He said the new budget will allow the Pentagon to launch a program to reduce expenses. Ten years, the Department expects to save 487 billion dollars.
The new budget is in line with the new military strategy announced by the White House in early January. The strategy includes modernizing the U.S. military, making it more mobile and reducing its workforce. In particular, Washington promised to withdraw from Europe two infantry brigades of 7,000 soldiers.