According to Pentagon press secretary George Little, the budget request reflects the plans of the Ministry of Defense to withdraw troops from Afghanistan over the next year or two years, since in 2013 f. 68 ths. military should be displayed, and in 2014 f.g. - 38400 military personnel.
According to the current plan for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, there will be about 60 thousand soldiers on its territory for the duration of the fighting during the warm period of the year, and by November 2013 the number of US forces in Afghanistan will decrease to 50 thousand, and by February 2014 g - up to 34 thous. military personnel.
All US military forces will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, after which only national units supporting 352 thousand will remain in the country.
Total on 2014 f.d. The Pentagon is asking for 526,6 billion dollars from Congress. However, this request was made without taking into account the sequestering mechanism stipulated by the requirements of the budget control law from 2011, according to which the defense ministry can only receive 475 billion dollars, since the current request for 52 billion dollars exceeds the established limit of funds.