Total U.S. defense outlays (2002-2022, fiscal year 2019 dollars)

U.S. defense spending: A bellwether for Trump’s security policy

  • Without big changes, the U.S. military will not maintain its strength
  • The Trump administration has secured two years of budget increases
  • It currently plans to keep spending flat, in the face of a difficult political landscape

The debate over the United States’ budget for fiscal year 2020 could be an important turning point for the country’s security policy. The administration of United States President Donald Trump built its National Security Strategy, released in 2017, on the presumption of “peace through strength” – a strong military capable of protecting vital American interests in Europe, the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific region. The administration signaled its intent to field a robust military with significant increases in defense spending – of $81.2 billion in 2018 and of $7.9 billion in 2019. However, without significant changes, the U.S. will not be able to sustain readiness and modernization over time.

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Dr. James Jay Carafano
The Trump administration came into office determined to address the fiscal challenges facing the nation’s armed forces
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What's inside
  • Without big changes, the U.S. military will not maintain its strength
  • The Trump administration has secured two years of budget increases
  • It currently plans to keep spending flat, in the face of a difficult political landscape
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  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
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