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Todd Harrison, director of the CSIS Aerospace Security Project, details what Air Force programs are like in next year’s budget request, and what could go away to help build the Space Force.

The Department of the Air Force is making many changes in their FY21 budget request. As with other areas at the Defense Department, the budget plan increases the spending on research and development, but it also includes organizational money for the Space Force. Todd Harrison, Director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.


“Overall, what I see in the budget is there are puts and takes, they had to make some difficult trade offs. It is not exactly what a lot of us were expecting to see though. What we did see was a big increase in research and development funding,” Harrison said. “Compared to what they had previously projected they would ask for in FY21 and what they actually asked for, it is an increase of $5.7 billion. On the flip side, we see a cut in procurement funding, almost half of that cut comes from shipbuilding. There are really some surprises there, but it is showing the difficult trade offs that the department has to make.”

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