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    The US Department of Defense said in a statement released on Tuesday it has made public its request for $1.7 billion in additional funding for its military intelligence operations.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier a Pentagon spokesman stated that the US Department of Defense believes the Asia-Pacific to be a top priority and "in principle" supports the $7.5 billion military funding aiming to increase US military presence and build up infrastructure in the area.

    "The Department of Defense released today the revised Military Intelligence Program (MIP) top line budget request for fiscal year 2017 that was disclosed to the public on Feb. 9, 2016," the statement said. "The $16.8 billion is now updated to [$18.5 billion to] include additional funding above the initial president's budget request for the MIP."

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