The Trump administration’s draft of the executive order calls for programs to expand the armed forces and modernize the U.S. nuclear deterrent.
Presidential Memorandum?Rebuilding the US. Armed Forces
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
SUBJECT: THE US ARMED FORCES
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States,
including my authority as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, I
hereby direct the following:
Section 1. Policy. It shall be the policy of the United States to pursue Peace Through Strength.
SEQ. Readiness. The Secretary of Defense shall conduct a 30-day review (Readiness
Review). The Readiness Review shall:
assess readiness conditions based on operational and contingency requirements,
including manning, training, equipping, maintenance, munitions, and infrastructure
concerns; and with respect to prosecuting the ?ght against ISIS, other forms of radical
Islamic terror, and all existing threats; executing operational plans against near peer
competitors and regional challengers; and supporting long-term presidential goals; and
(ii) review all Department of Defense (DOD) components with the objective of reducing
commitments not directly related to the highest priority operations, in order to make
resources available for training and maintenance;
(ii) report actions that can be implemented within the current ?scal year and are
necessary to improve readiness conditions.
In parallel with the Readiness Review, the Secretary of Defense, together with the Director of
the Of?ce of Management and Budget (OMB), shall develop a Military Readiness Emergency
Budget Amendment for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.
The Secretary of Defense shall work with the Director of OMB to set new levels for DoD?s
appropriations requests for the FY 2018?22 Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP).
The Secretary of Defense shall revise the FY 2018 budget request in line with DoD?s
new budget authority within 90 days.
_S_eg. Rebuilding the U.S. Military. Pursuant to a revised National Security Strategy, the
Secretary of Defense shall produce a National Defense Strategy (NDS) by January 2018. The
NDS shall establish new direction on force planning, programming, and resource allocation. The
goal of the NDS shall be to provide the President and the Secretary of Defense options and
maximum strategic ?exibility to meet current and future challenges and to strengthen force
structure goals necessary to meet future force planning requirements. The NDS shall also
a new Nuclear Posture Review to ensure that: the U.S. nuclear triad is modern, robust,
?exible, resilient, and appropriately tailored to deter 2 1 st -century threats and reassure
our allies and partners, and achieve Presidential objectives should deterrence fail.
Additionally, U.S. nuclear planning guidance must adequately address 2 1 st Century
needs; and U.S. nuclear infrastructure must be suf?ciently agile, ?exible, and responsive
to ensure its ability to support deterrence and extended deterrence needs into the
(ii) a new Missile Defeat Defense Review to help determine homeland and theater missile
defense priorities, identify ways of strengthening ballistic missile, cruise missile, and
hypersonic weapon defense capabilities, integrate missile defense policy planning into
strategic planning, and identify priority funding areas.
a plan to achieve readiness objectives prior to 2022. The plan of action shall address
areas for improvement, including: manpower and specific specialty shortfalls g. special
operations forces, cyber mission forces, naval expeditionary forces); high demand low
density capability shortfalls g. missile defense systems, airborne command
and control systems, personnel recovery assets); inadequate training ranges and access to
training ranges;; delays in acquiring end items and parts; delays in depot level
maintenance; key munitions shortfalls; funding needed for consumables fuel,
munitions, parts), and rationale for operational and contingency demands levied by
E. 5. General Provisions. This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with
applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
the authority granted by law to any executive department or agency, or any head
(ii) the functions of the Director of OMB relating to budgetary, administrative, or
All actions taken pursuant to this memorandum shall be consistent with requirements and
authorities to protect intelligence and law enforcement sources and methods. Nothing in this
order shall be interpreted to supersede measures established under authority of law to protect the
Security and integrity of speci?c activities and associations that are in direct support of
intelligence and law enforcement operations.
This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or bene?t, substantive or
procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its
departments, agencies, or entities, its of?cers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
The Secretary of Defense is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in
the Federal Register.
Donald J. Trump
THE WHITE HOUSE