DOD wants to transfer $920M to support intell ops

Majority of targeted funds would support special forces capabilities

The Defense Department has asked Congress for permission to move more than $920 million to increase support for battlefield intelligence tools as part of its annual omnibus reprogramming action, reports Defense News.

The bulk of the initiatives outlined in the document, many of which would go directly toward supporting capabilities of Special Operations Forces, are for unmanned aircraft systems and communications equipment that supports battlefield intelligence efforts.

Among the proposed funding shifts are $32.6 million for radar units for nine Fire Scouts, $28 million for 60 Scan Eagles, $89.3 million for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node on two additional Global Hawks and $44.9 million for Air Force MC-12 Liberty aircraft-related upgrades.

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