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What does a boost in military spending mean for SoCal?




US Soldiers from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Pendleton camp bound for Helmand province, southern Afghanistan board their flight at the Manas Transit Center some 30kms from Bishkek on March 6, 2010.
US Soldiers from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Pendleton camp bound for Helmand province, southern Afghanistan board their flight at the Manas Transit Center some 30kms from Bishkek on March 6, 2010.
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Ahead of his address to Congress tonight, President Trump has pledged to boost military spending and rebuild what he called a "depleted" armed forces. The goal is to increase the Defense budget by $54 billion, according to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, a nearly 10 percent rise from current levels.

California is home to more than 30 military bases and installations, some of the largest defense contractors in the nation and tech giants in Silicon Valley. So how could a rise in military spending play out in the Golden State?

"We're talking about maintaining bases, buying spare parts, fuel to conduct operations – and that's just the normal base budget," said Dan Grazier, a military expert at the Center for Defense Information at the Project on Government Oversight.

But that budget swells to well over $1 trillion a year when you take into consideration other national security agencies, such as Homeland Security, Energy Department and the Justice Department, said Grazier.

The federal budget still needs to work its way through a complex path in Congress, which means the details and ultimate funding levels are far from certain.