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The Trump Defense Agenda

May 25, 2017 |

The White House Office of Management and Budget will publish a budget "errata" that adds a second Littoral Combat Ship to the fiscal year 2018 budget request, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

May 25, 2017 |

The head of U.S. Cyber Command said his organization is seeking an increase in funding in the fiscal year 2018 budget request, in part to elevate CYBERCOM to a full-fledged combatant command.

May 25, 2017 |

President Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget request boosts nuclear modernization spending in some areas, but largely maintains funding levels projected by the previous administration as the Pentagon embarks on a new review of its nuclear strategy.

May 24, 2017 |

One day after the Navy released its fiscal year 2018 budget request, which included one Littoral Combat Ship, a top service official said Wednesday the Navy, backed by the White House, "supports funding" an additional LCS.

May 24, 2017 |

The once-secretive Strategic Capabilities Office is seeking $1.1 billion -- the second largest unclassified pot of research and development funding in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2018 budget -- to develop new, and the Pentagon hopes, surprising ways of using existing systems to bolster conventional deterrence against China and Russia.

May 24, 2017 |

One day after the Navy released its fiscal year 2018 budget request, which included one Littoral Combat Ship, a top service official said Wednesday the Navy “supports funding” an additional LCS.

May 24, 2017 |

The Air Force's fiscal year 2018 budget request, released this week, offers a window into how much money the service needs to smooth out hundreds of issues plaguing an upgrade to the Air Operations Center war planning system.

May 24, 2017 |

Pentagon officials this week defended the fiscal year 2018 budget request against GOP lawmakers' complaints that the request is only 3 percent more than that planned by the Obama administration.

May 24, 2017 |

The Air Force's fiscal year 2018 budget request proposes a $4.5 billion increase to its Next-Generation Air Dominance program over the next five years -- potentially lending momentum to the service's lengthy effort to develop a follow-on to the F-22.

May 24, 2017 |

The Defense Department is seeking funding for two significant missile defense initiatives in fiscal year 2018: a project to develop a defense against hypersonic weapons and field a warning capability by 2019 as well as an effort develop new a space-based sensor. 

May 23, 2017 |

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2018 budget is accompanied by a "placeholder" forecast that assumes no real growth over five years, a blueprint the Pentagon expects to update with the FY-19 budget proposal next year to reflect the results of a Trump administration-led defense strategy review, according to a senior DOD official.

May 23, 2017 |

President Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2018 would sustain the Army’s force structure and fund production increases on some of the service’s major programs.

May 23, 2017 |

The Defense Department is seeking funding for two significant missile defense initiatives in fiscal year 2018: a project to develop a defense against hypersonic weapons and field a warning capability by 2019 as well as a new experiment to launch a missile interceptor from space, picking up a project championed by the Bush administration and abandoned by the Obama administration. 

May 23, 2017 |

President Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2018 would sustain the Army’s force structure and fund production increases on some of the service’s major programs.

May 23, 2017 |

The Defense Department is requesting $574.5 billion in base spending for fiscal year 2018 and $64.5 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding, which in total include $208.6 billion in acquisition spending on major weapon systems, according to documents released by the Pentagon.

May 23, 2017 |

The Air Force's $132 billion fiscal year 2018 base budget seeks a slight boost to F-35 procurement, funding for studies and planning for new fighter and unmanned platforms and “maximizes” production capacity for key munitions.

May 22, 2017 |

Budget tables released Monday by the White House Office of Budget and Management indicate the Trump administration's fiscal year 2018 defense budget is actually a placeholder for the FY-19 strategy that won't be submitted until February at the earliest.

May 19, 2017 |

The Trump administration will propose increasing the Pentagon's investment spending to more than $200 billion in fiscal year 2018 -- raising investment on weapons to levels not seen since FY-12, according to a leaked spreadsheet of the FY-18 spending proposal.

May 18, 2017 |

Defense intelligence officials need to learn from Russia's efforts in Syria and Ukraine and apply similar integration efforts in an aim to maintain superiority in the future, according to President Trump's nominee to be principal deputy under secretary of defense for intelligence.

May 18, 2017 |

The chairwoman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee said Thursday Congress stands ready to change President Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget, which will propose a $54 billion increase in defense spending offset by a commensurate cut in non-defense funds.

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