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The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to give the Pentagon a $740 billion defense budget. The committee is proposing spending more on Army combat vehicles.

  • Billy Fabian, adjunct senior fellow for the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security and senior analyst at Govini, said it is reasonable for the Army to be concerned about all three points in its new iron triangle, the set of missions it believes it needs to prepare for.
  • Fabian said many believe there will be a “bloodletting” of the Army’s budget to help pay for air and naval modernization, which will make it difficult for the Army to build the necessary force.
  • The three points of the triangle include deterring Russian aggression along NATO’s Eastern Frontier, deterring Chinese aggression in multiple regions and “hedging for everything else,” which includes responding to national disasters such as COVID-19, said Fabian.
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