A flat budget will prove fatal for military transformation

Defense News: This month, the House Appropriations Committee kicked off the annual process of congressional oversight of the Pentagon by passing its bill to fund the military for fiscal 2020. While the committee signaled willingness among the Democratic caucus to support a $733 billion budget, its bill makes clear that the Pentagon’s 2020 budget request is anything but the “masterpiece” that acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan once promised.

Lawmakers expressed serious reservations about the Pentagon’s flagship plans for military transformation, in which existing weapons programs are cut to pay for investment in futuristic developmental technology.

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