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The Biden administration’s budget request for the Defense Department for fiscal 2022 includes a desire for big changes at all the services. The services all have plans to get rid of older systems and direct the money to more modern systems.

  • Former Acting Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Elaine McCusker said the budget request shows defense is clearly not a priority of the administration.
  • McCusker said that with reductions of Army systems and aircraft, she is concerned about the ability to have enough capacity in the future when current research and development will need to scale up for production.
  • McCusker said the “skinny budget” was a relatively accurate reflection of the full budget, but she was surprised at the depth of the cuts to procurement and readiness.
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