When President Donald Trump took office last Jan. 20, there were a lot of questions about whether his “high-beta” presidency would have a volatile impact on national defense. In a commentary published by Aviation Week, I opined that it would be foolhardy to make predictions and that we needed some new “signposts and metrics” of force posture, defense spending and acquisition management to gauge the magnitude and direction of change that might emerge. Revisiting these ...


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