One sure consequence of the 2018 midterm elections is the fiscal 2020 Defense Department budget will travel a rocky road to completion. However, much as the Budget Control Act has been scorned and even hated, it may provide the leverage to finish a budget. It would be a near-miracle if Congress acted within the same time frame as it did in 2018, though, when it debated and completed the 2019 Pentagon authorization and appropriations bills. A consensus assumption is that since Congress has ...

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