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Budget and authorization season is officially underway in Washington. All the military services made their budget cases to congressional committees this week, but the discussions and negotiations still have a long way to go.

  • Gen. Carter Ham (USA Ret.), former commander of United States Africa Command and now president and chief executive officer of the Association of the United States Army, said the late release of the budget this year is “detrimental” to the Department of Defense.
  • Gen. Norton Schwartz (USAF Ret.), former chief of staff of the United States Air Force and now president of the Institute for Defense Analyses, said his takeaway from the hearings was that there is a departure from an operationally oriented joint force to one that is more advanced and postured to prepare for future threats.
  • Schwartz noted substantially more research and development spending; Ham said he is concerned because investment in that area was reduced for the Army.
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