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The National Defense Authorization Act calls for spending $777 billion for defense for fiscal 2022. That topline number is $37 billion more than the budget for this fiscal year.

  • Mackenzie Eaglen, former principal defense adviser to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), now resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said the Biden administration has proposed growing the defense civilian workforce while cutting active duty end strength but that Congress will likely be skeptical of that plan as the two workforces usually increase or decrease in tandem.
  • Eaglen said the extra money is 3% above inflation for the Defense Department for the next fiscal year, which Biden’s budget did not offer, and shows Congress is interested in funding the minimum necessary to compete with China.
  • Eaglen said distribution of the budget among the military branches will be a big debate for next year and there will probably be significant shifts in resources away from some services in fiscal 2023.
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