Defense officials request more funding for 2014 fiscal budget

Madelyn Creedon, assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs, and other officials presented a new fiscal 2014 budget on Thursday that requests over $50 billion for sufficient ballistic missile defense modernization.

The officials presented the budget request before the Senate Armed Services Committee, requesting $9.2 billion in fiscal 2014 and $45.7 billion for future development of missile defense capabilities. The initiatives will both defend the U.S. homeland and regional bases in Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.

Navy Vice Adm. J.D. Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, also presented the budget, and said the U.S. needs to increase its defenses in response to a rising trend from the nation's adversaries.

"The threat continues to grow as our potential adversaries are acquiring a greater number of ballistic missiles, increasing their range and making them more complex, survivable, reliable and accurate," Syring said. "The missile defense mission is becoming more challenging as potential adversaries incorporate countermeasures."

Creedon said the administration's commitment is to continue to advance policy priorities, which include sustaining a viable defense on the homeland and regionally and increasing international cooperation and participation in defense methods. With this initiative, Creedon said the U.S. will be able to defend itself against a ballistic missile attack and do so cost-effectively.

"This approach puts emphasis on a flexible military toolkit with forces that are mobile and scalable," Creedon said. "They underwrite deterrence in peacetime, but can be surged in crisis to meet defense requirements."

Creedon warned the SASC that the U.S. "cannot afford to stand still" in defense measures and needs to continue to advance its defenses to adapt to present threats in North Korea and Syria.

"Our most vital security commitments - the defense of the United States and the protection of our allies and partners and our forces around the world - demand nothing less," Creedon said.