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Defense Spending Proposal Falls Short

National Security / Press Release May 23, 2017

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 defense budget falls short of achieving the goals that senior congressional policymakers advocated earlier this year and will not meet necessary increases in readiness, weapons, and troop levels. The president’s defense request is $42 billion…

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Congress Needs to Finish the 2017 Budget

Steve Bell, Tim Shaw / Blog March 22, 2017

At this point it is unclear which, if any, of the administration’s budget proposals could actually make it through Congress.

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Trump’s Defense Budget Plan in Perspective

Sean O’Keefe / Blog February 28, 2017

President Donald Trump’s announced $603 billion FY2018 defense budget could actually represent a slight cut from anticipated FY2017 total national defense spending levels.

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Defense Funding Battle Only Beginning

Steve Bell / Blog August 10, 2016

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry has said that President Obama is holding “troop funding hostage to a political agenda.”

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Why the Pentagon Doesn’t Want an Extra $18 Billion This Year

Sean O’Keefe / Blog July 19, 2016

The nature of the Oversees Contingency Operation budget means it fluctuates wildly every year, making it difficult to efficiently plan for long-term requirements.

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Congress Should Find Long-term Solution, Not Tricks to Avoid Defense Caps

Shai Akabas, Ben Ritz, Mark White / Blog June 22, 2015

More and more, standard operating procedure in Congress seems to employ “creative” accounting methods to game the system and get around defense spending caps.

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Trends in Military Compensation: A Chartbook

Economy / Research July 18, 2014

Policymakers face tough budgetary and strategic choices regarding military personnel compensation, force structure, and readiness.

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