An ambitious U.S. military modernization program fueled by five years of unchecked spending growth is about to collide with a rising backlash from the White House and a new Democratic majority in the House to slow the pace of spending growth. Despite a 22.5% increase in budget authority since fiscal 2015, the Defense Department is only at the beginning of a long-term plan to boost the lethality and resilience of air and space forces against strategic competitors in China and Russia, while ...

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