The Trump defense increases are over, and competition for scarce budget dollars among the military services therefore is likely to grow more intense. They all are facing a shortfall in modernization funding, but the Army arguably has the most compelling case for getting a boost. First, soldiers are more likely to be killed or wounded in wars than members of other services. Second, the Army only gets one day of federal spending per year for R&D, far less than the other military departments. Third, when military budgets stop rising, modernization almost invariably is the first item to be cut. Fourth, Army leaders are already being forced to cut things soldiers are sure to need in the future. Finally, unlike in the other military departments, it wouldn’t take much money to fix the Army’s modernization problems. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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