For the rest of this election year, the United States military will endure a funding squeeze as politicians try to hold down federal spending. But rising demand for forces to operate against Daesh, (also known as Islamic State or ISIS) in the Middle East and South Asia is putting pressure on the Pentagon. Once the November elections are resolved, persistent public concerns about global security and a growing consensus that the armed forces need new organization and new weapons could lead to an upsurge in defense acquisitions.

While the United States continues to spend more on defense than any other nation, the demands being placed on its armed forces and their aging equipment have con...

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Dr. James Jay Carafano
The fiscal 2017 acquisition budget could wind up reduced by 2-4 percent from this year. Even “top priority” programs, such as the purchase of the F-35 fighter plane, could be trimmed
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