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$750 Billion Or Bust? Trump’s (Latest) Big Defense Budget Bound For Big Fights « Breaking Defense

President Trump with his choice to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Mark Milley WASHINGTON: Whatever the national defense budget finally looks like for 2020 — and the Trump administration has now floated three wildly different toplines in less than three months — one thing is painfully clear: …

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Show Me The Money: What’s Missing From The National Defense Strategy « Breaking Defense

F-35 production line The Trump Administration’s 2018 National Defense Strategy was remarkable for its candor in identifying China and Russia as America’s chief “strategic competitors.” But unlike earlier, relatively anodyne strategy documents from the Obama Administration, the 2018 strategy didn’t specify the forces required, let alone how much they might …

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Disaster Averted – For Now: The Trump Pentagon In 2018 « Breaking Defense

The Trump Administration managed to avoid starting wars or crippling NATO in fiscal year 2018, writes CSIS scholar Kathleen Hicks in this op-ed, but as we stagger into 2019, the fates of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, his National Defense Strategy, and the Pentagon budget remain alarmingly uncertain. We continue our …

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Air Force 386 Squadron Plan: Hallucination Or Negotiating Tactic « Breaking Defense

F-35 production line Last week Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced “the Air Force we need”, a significant expansion of the Air Force from 312 operational squadrons to 386. The specific rationale for the size of the increase, how it would be accomplished, and what it would cost were not …

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CSIS Calls BS On USAF: 386 Squadrons, $13B Space Force Are Guesswork « Breaking Defense

CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: The Air Force threw out two big numbers this week, but one of Washington’s leading budget analysts doesn’t think either of them is credible. Todd Harrison One is the service’s unsolicited estimate that President Trump’s plan to create an independent Space Force – largely …

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