Analysis of the FY 2018 Defense Budget and Trends in Defense Spending
President Trump’s FY 2018 defense budget promises a “historic” defense buildup. At $603 billion in the base national defense budget, some $54 billion over the Budget Control Act caps, it grows the size of military slightly and boosts RDT&E efforts, but doesn’t move the needle on procurement. Does the FY 2018 budget request build the military the U.S. needs? Will Congress succeed in funding more for defense?
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- BRIEF 01: OVERVIEW OF THE FY 2018 DEFENSE BUDGET REQUEST
- BRIEF 02: THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S FY 2018 DEFENSE BUDGET IN CONTEXT
- BRIEF 03: A DEFENSE BUILDUP IN THE NEAR TERM?
- BRIEF 04: MILITARY PERSONNEL
- BRIEF 05: RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION
- BRIEF 06: PROCUREMENT
- BRIEF 07: OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
- BRIEF 08: OTHER DEFENSE SPENDING
- BRIEF 09: DEFENSE SPENDING IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT: A NEW REAGAN-ESQUE BUILDUP?