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No, The Pentagon Did NOT Waste $28 Billion

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


One of our primary goals here at Breaking Defense is to try and avoid the madness of the daily news cycle and tell our readers what is really happening, as best as any human can tell at any time. The following explanation by two experienced defense budget experts of what really happened to $28 billion discussed in a… Keep reading →

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$750 Billion Or Bust? Trump’s (Latest) Big Defense Budget Bound For Big Fights

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Few of the experts we spoke to expect the administration to actually see the full $750 billion President Trump will reportedly propose this week. Between Trump himself calling the figure a “negotiating tactic” and the potential for it driving a $1.2 trillion deficit, the odds are awfully long.

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Don’t Expect Any Trump Boost To Defense Spending

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


Contrary to the president’s rhetoric, there is no forthcoming Trump buildup, and  the new strategy emphasizing China and Russia is becoming ever more elusive and out of touch with fiscal reality. It is simply unaffordable at this point in time.

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White House Slashes DoD Budget– Maybe

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The White House surprised DoD with a last-minute $33 billion budget trim last week. But it’s far from certain that the cuts will outlive months of haggling between the Trump administration, the Pentagon and Congress.

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Trump Takes NDAA Victory Lap, But 2020 Looms

Posted by Paul McLeary on


With the two-year budget relief ending in 2020, and a new Space Force to fund, the good times might not last long.

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Senate Budget Deal Will Pass; $26B More Than Trump’s ’18 Request

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: After Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took the extraordinary step today of appearing at the White House to praise the just-announced Senate budget deal, the first thought that came to mind was — can this pass the House? Mattis was asked if he knew whether the House Republican leadership was enthusiastic about Senate deal. He… Keep reading →

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Budget Deal: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (…2013)

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


After heading off a government shutdown with a “clean” temporary spending bill on December 7th, lawmakers are scrambling to reach a consensus under a new Continuing Resolution that funds the government beyond December 22nd. If leaders cannot come to a final agreement on spending levels and other thorny policy issues for a government spending deal… Keep reading →

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Top Trump DoD Policy Nominee In Trouble: McCain, Warren Hammer Lockheed Exec

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: President Trump’s nominee for the Pentagon’s top policy job appears to be in jeopardy after a bipartisan savaging by Senators John McCain and Elizabeth Warren this morning. At issue: Whether John Rood, who runs international sales at the world’s largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin, would recuse himself from policy discussions affecting Lockheed’s arms… Keep reading →

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Thornberry Compromises: $631B For Defense

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED: Harrison says Senate Dems are key CAPITOL HILL: The House Armed Services Committee will propose $631.5 billion in funding for defense, HASC staff told reporters this afternoon. That is about 1.4 percent less than the $640 billion HASC chairman Mac Thornberry and his Senate counterpart John McCain campaigned for, but it’s also 4.7 percent above… Keep reading →

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McCain, Thornberry Decry Trump Pentagon Budget Boost

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is pledging “an historic increase in defense spending” of $54 billion to $603 billion for the fiscal 2018 budget, but neither Congressional Republicans nor defense budgets experts were very impressed at first glance. “Such a budget request would represent an increase of $18.5 billion above the level proposed by President Obama for fiscal… Keep reading →

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