As the dust settles after one of the most fractious and raucous presidential races in U.S. history, the defense sector is pondering life under a Donald Trump administration. In hindsight, we see signals from the Trump camp leading up to Nov. 8’s history-making vote that point to a Ronald Reagan-style defense buildup. During the campaign, Trump pledged to grow the U.S. Army’s active-duty ranks by 13% to 540,000 from 479,000, expand the combat-coded fighter force by 100 aircraft to ...

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