The figure will represent a seven per cent increase over the 2018 budget, which was yet to be passed by the Congress, The Washington Post quoted a US official as saying on Friday.
Trump’s request would cover the Pentagon’s annual budget as well as spending on ongoing wars and the maintenance of the US nuclear arsenal, said the report.
Mattis said that the country’s military competitive edge “has eroded in every domain of warfare” because of inconsistent funding.
The increase in defence spending, as pundits say, would be critical to achieving Trump’s vision for the military, including a larger Navy fleet and a bigger Army, Xinhua news agency reported.
But others warned that a long-term increase in the US military spending would dramatically expand the deficit.