Chris Dougherty, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, discusses DoD spending with regards to advancing the National Defense Strategy, as well as upcoming authorization and appropriation bills from Congress for FY2020.
The four Congressional committees with jurisdiction over the Pentagon are beginning to draft authorization and appropriation bills for fiscal year 2020. Chris Dougherty, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, says there needs to be a better plan in action under the NDS to counter Chinese and Russian aggression. “The NDS lays out a pretty clear strategy for defending the nation’s interests and it focuses a great deal more on the challenges posed by China, and to a lesser extent Russia, to our national security interests. Part of that requires capabilities and operational concepts to defeat Chinese and Russian aggression against our interests overseas.” Dougherty tells Government Matters. “I think what is lacking a little bit in the discussion are those concepts that tie together all of those things we’re buying, all the ways we’re spending the money within the services, into a coherent whole that actually achieves the outcome that is laid out in the NDS.”