• Democrats Skeptical of White House Plan to Boost Defense Spending

    Democrats Skeptical of White House Plan to Boost Defense Spending0

    Increasing defense spending by almost 5 percent to $750 billion in fiscal 2020 likely is not realistic, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, said following news reports that President Trump has reversed course and now plans to boost his budget request for national security. “It seems hard for me

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  • Administration’s Topline for Defense Could Rise to $750B following White House Meeting

    Administration’s Topline for Defense Could Rise to $750B following White House Meeting0

    President Trump has directed the Pentagon to submit a $750 billion draft budget proposal for fiscal 2020 in a reversal from October when he announced DOD’s request would be cut by almost 5 percent from existing plans to ask for $733 billion. The abrupt change follows a meeting at the White House last week with

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  • Inhofe Sets out Priorities for FY‘20 NDAA

    Inhofe Sets out Priorities for FY‘20 NDAA0

    One clear consequence of the Democrats regaining control of the House next year will be a contentious battle between the two chambers over the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill. On Tuesday, Senate Armed Services Chair Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) outlined his priorities for the measure, signaling disagreement over the size of the defense budget and other

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