When U.S. President Donald Trump submitted his defense budget request to Congress, the reaction was lukewarm at best. Democrats dismissed it as “dead on arrival,” and it even had Republicans scratching their heads. The request for $750 billion to fund the Pentagon sets up a series of battles—some of which fall along partisan or parochial lines, others pitting lawmakers against the executive branch. The primary fight will be over the size of the budget and what should be ...


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