Congress has not managed to complete a federal budget in time for the new fiscal year even once in this century. So there’s a good chance that fiscal 2020 will commence on October 1 with yet another continuing resolution. If that mechanism includes the military, it will likely have unpleasant consequences for readiness and modernization. Training will be delayed, maintenance will be deferred, supply purchases will be put off, and acquisition plans will be derailed. You can’t do this sort of thing year after year as Washington does without degrading military performance — perhaps to the point of endangering the lives of our warfighters. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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