US troops will not spend more than $10 billion on military equipment over the next five years as the war of public opinion continues, but it could cut back by an average of 15% from the Pentagon’s original target, officials said.US troops will be asked to spend a smaller amount per soldier in 2020, down from $10.7 billion this year, to $9.4 billion, and by 2030 to $8.5 billion, according to the Pentagon.US military leaders will ask their soldiers to prioritize spending on their families and other needs over fighting the war on terror, according the document, which was prepared for a Congressional committee.
US troops have been deployed to war zones across the globe since 9/11, and President Donald Trump has said that military spending will not rise as the country approaches the trillion-dollar mark.
But Trump has also said that the US military should be able to respond quickly and decisively to the threats posed by the Islamic State group.
The Pentagon document says the military will focus on developing technologies that can prevent collateral damage and provide faster responses to attacks by the group, as well as the use of advanced weapons, like unmanned aerial vehicles.US soldiers will also be asked not to take part in any combat operations outside of Iraq and Afghanistan.
US forces are already taking part in the battle in Syria and Iraq, which are currently in a stalemate between the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the rebel forces.US officials have also warned that the United States is not ready to commit to ending the war in Syria.US and coalition officials say they will seek to avoid any unintended consequences of a major military buildup in the region.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said last week that he hopes the US will be able and willing to end the war by the end of the year, but he has also indicated that the war is far from over.