Independent commission: Dramatic spending increase required for Trump defense strategy

By Jason Sherman  
November 14, 2018 at 1:51 PM
The Defense Department's base budget requires sustained real growth of at least 3 to 5 percent annually over the next five years to execute the Trump administration's National Defense Strategy, according to an independent bipartisan commission. The finding implies military spending, excluding war costs, should reach between $691 billion and $746 billion by fiscal year 2023. The bipartisan National Defense Strategy Commission, established by Congress to provide an independent assessment of the Pentagon's National Defense Strategy, calls for sustained increased...

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