Analysts leery of Trump administration's promise of defense buildup in fiscal year 2019

By Tony Bertuca / May 31, 2017 at 5:24 PM
Pentagon officials have spent the past week both defending the size of the fiscal year 2018 defense budget request and pledging to seek larger spending increases in FY-19, but several defense analysts doubt the Trump administration can live up to its promises for a transformational military buildup. As some GOP lawmakers pan the FY-18 defense budget as only 3 percent higher than the Obama administration's plan, military brass and senior Pentagon civilians have begun looking to the FY-19 spending plan,...

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