It you were expecting the Biden administration to propose a raft of changes in the weapons plans inherited from the Trump years, then you are in for a surprise. Biden’s weapons plans are nearly identical to those of the Trump administration. The White House says more changes will be apparent in the fiscal 2023 budget request, to be released nine months hence, but don’t count on it. There is a striking degree of similarity in the weapons priorities of defense experts from both parties, and President Trump typically deferred to those priorities in his own budgets. Also, the White House won’t be eager to challenge programs that create thousands of jobs in a midterm election year. So chances are, what you see in the 2022 budget is what you will see in 2023. For all the talk of political division, there is a lot of continuity between administrations when it comes to Pentagon investment priorities. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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