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The 2022 budget request for the Defense Department is due any day. The hints of what may be included are in the “skinny budget” the Biden administration released last month.

  • Stacie Pettyjohn, Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, said she is interested to see what happens with investments in long-range fires, explaining that redundancy in this area can actually make the United States more resilient in its strategic approach towards China and Russia known as Great Power Competition.
  • Pettyjohn said an overriding objective in the skinny budget is the Biden administration’s elevation of diplomacy and statecraft, with more resources going to the Department of State, Department of Commerce and others.
  • Pettyjohn said the strategic guidance is largely a continuation of what the Trump administration did, with its prioritization of Great Power Competition and focus on the threat of China.
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