On May 23 the Pentagon is expected to release its defense budget request, one that is anticipated to provide $603 billion and focus on improving military readiness. But when it comes to making the fiscal 2018 budget law, the Trump administration is “walking into a political buzz saw,” says Katherine Blakeley, a budget analyst for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Defense hawks in Congress are supportive of a larger increase to defense spending, but the support ...

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