The $1.2 trillion spending bill President Donald Trump signed into law May 5 boosts funding for U.S. military aviation purchases by about 15% from the prior administration’s plan, but the meager increase to overall defense spending shows Trump has a rough road ahead to rebuilding the military.  In February 2016, the Obama administration’s fiscal 2017 budget blueprint sought to cut more than $6 billion in military aircraft purchases from fiscal 2016 levels. Instead, the 2017 ...


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