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A Defense Budget Increase is No More Needed in 2018 than It Was Last Year
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A Defense Budget Increase is No More Needed in 2018 than It Was Last Year

Lawrence J. Korb cautions the Trump administration against increasing military spending again.

As part of the bipartisan budget deal that will prevent a government shutdown, Congress and the Trump administration agreed not to slash any of the social programs that candidate and President Trump wanted to put on the chopping block. However, they did agree to the President’s call to pad the Obama administration’s 2017 defense spending request by adding about $15 billion to the Pentagon’s war fund, the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account. This increase, though only half of what President Trump claims that the military needs, was unnecessary, and in fact counterproductive, to our national defense.

The above excerpt was originally published in Defense One. Click here to view the full article.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow