CENTCOM Asks For More Drones, Money To Build Up Base In Oman

The top US commander the Middle East wants an infusion of $371 million to buy more drones, surveillance, and force protection to cover the American troop surge in the region, while indicating he’s interested in building up an emerging logistics hub in Oman.

The request is more evidence that the military, despite promises to draw down in the Middle East, continues to build up capacity in the region.

In a letter sent to Congress Thursday, Centcom chief Gen. Kenneth Mckenzie said he needs the money — which comes on top of the 2021 budget request submitted last week — to “increase our intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capacity, support countering unmanned aerial systems threats, provide for base defense and resiliency, and conduct inform and influence activities against malign state actors and their proxies.”

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Source: Breaking Defense