Pentagon ask for major budget increase amid threats from Russia, China and North Korea. Is it time to prepare for war? The Pentagon is asking for a major boost in military spending for 2019, requesting Congress approve a budget of $686 billion — one of the largest in the Defense Department’s history. President Donald Trump said the US military would be the strongest its ever been, including “increasing arsenals of virtually every weapon.” No one know who is the strongest. But what a huge budget like that?