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Frederico Bartels is a policy analyst for defense budgeting at The Heritage Foundation's Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy.
The military can celebrate some great news this weekend.
Friday - President - Donald - Trump - Appropriations
On Friday, President Donald Trump signed the appropriations package that provides funding for the 2019 defense budget, giving the military a much-needed boost.
The nondefense elements of the bill are less welcome, however, and will not serve our country’s overall economic health. The totality of the bill will contribute to our increasing debt and deficit, while not reforming the unsustainable trajectory of federal spending.
Bill - Policy - Priorities - Realm - Defense
The bill also fails to address any conservative policy priorities outside the realm of defense.
Many members of Congress stomached all the shortcomings of the bill because of the importance of the defense-related elements in the legislation. Most members of Congress understand that the current state of our armed forces warrants an increased and timely budget.
Edition - Heritage - Foundation - Index - US
Since its inaugural edition in 2015, The Heritage Foundation’s Index of U.S. Military Strength has catalogued the current state of our military, measured against its ability to engage in two simultaneous major wars.
Recent years have been unkind to our armed forces, as all four branches have experienced decline in multiple areas. For example, the Air Force is the smallest it has ever been and possesses the oldest planes since it was formed. At the same time, a rising China, an aggressive Russia, a terror-supporting Iran, and a nuclear-armed North Korea all present new and formidable threats to U.S. interests.
Trump - Push - Military - Partnership - Congress
Thankfully, because of Trump’s early push to rebuild the military and his partnership with Congress in passing appropriations in 2017 and 2018, we now have some hopeful indications that the tide has begun to turn. For example, readiness among Army brigade combat teams has improved since 2017.
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