Inside the Pentagon - June 15, 2017

Mattis telegraphs pursuit of 5 percent budget growth beginning in fiscal year 2019

June 14, 2017 |
Justin Doubleday Tony Bertuca
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress this week he wants to boost defense spending by as much as 5 percent between fiscal years 2019 and 2023, though partisan politics may block his path. Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee Monday night that 3 percent growth above inflation would be enough to maintain military strength, but said it would take 5 percent to actually expand the force and put it on a path to recruiting tens of thousands more troops...

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