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Analysis of the FY 2018 Defense Budget and Trends in Defense Spending

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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?

CSBA’s analysis of the FY 2018 defense budget will be released as a series of briefs. CSBA will compile and release these briefs as a final report in fall 2017.

View the interactive web versions of the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth briefs on the following pages:  

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BRIEF 01: OVERVIEW OF THE FY 2018 DEFENSE BUDGET REQUEST

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BRIEF 02: THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S FY 2018 DEFENSE BUDGET IN CONTEXT

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BRIEF 03: A DEFENSE BUILDUP IN THE NEAR TERM?

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BRIEF 04: MILITARY PERSONNEL

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BRIEF 05: RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION