"Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; 

it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow." 

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Trump/Pence Administration

2017 to Present:

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Department of Defense Funding

February 28, 2018

  • Since coming into office a little more than a year ago, the Trump administration—with help from the Republican-controlled Congress—has added more than $200 billion to the projected levels of defense spending for fiscal years 2017 through 2019. 

 

  • The defense budget will have grown by $133 billion, or 23 percent, since Trump took office.



 

  • Supporters of these unprecedented increases argue that they are necessary because the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA) reduced projected levels of defense spending by $406 billion over the past five years. According to the military chiefs, this undermined the readiness of the nation’s armed forces to deal with their current challenges and prevented the United States from dealing adequately with the increasing military capabilities of Russian and Chinese strategic competitors.

Source: Americanprogress.org - Lawrence J. Korb - February 28, 2018

Link: Defense Budget

Trump Administration Military Strength

 

December 14, 2019

  • The president will soon sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2020, which, among other things, establishes the United States Space Force, ensuring American dominance in space. 
  • The NDAA will also create paid parental leave for federal workers, which will greatly benefit their children. 
  • It will give our troops a much-needed 3.1 percent pay raise.

Source: Fox News – Peter Navarro

Link:  Military Funds

Obama/Biden Administration

2008 to 2016:

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Trump and the Military

  • Pushed for increases to defense spending
  • Sought a major new weapons program
  • Introduced a new branch focused on space 
  • Promised to wind down U.S. troop commitments in Afghanistan/ Middle East
  • Focused on “great-power competition” with China and others.

 

  • Points to increases defense budget:, 2019: $716 billion. 2020: $750 billion proposed.
  • Emphasized the importance of the Asia-Pacific and European regions, focusing on competing with China and Russia. 2018 National Defense Strategy
  • Encouraged removal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan, (14,000 personnel), after he increased the U.S. troop presence in 2017.
  • - In a reversal of previous U.S. policy, pursued on and off peace talks with the Taliban (2018), 
  • Updated Missile policy emphasizing new technologies and space-based systems for USA and ally. Updated Missile policy
  • Announced creation of a new, sixth branch of the military, a U.S. Space Force
  • Reestablished U.S. Space Command as one of eleven unified combatant commands, a first step in that direction (2019).
  • Updated administration’s policy on nuclear weapons (2010) with the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review for the first new nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War, broadening
  • the circumstances for weapon usage. Nuclear Weapons
  • Withdrew USA from 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, citing Russian violations
  • Overturned an Obama-era policy allowing transgender personnel to serve openly in the military
    Source: CFG.org - 2020