February 26, 2019

From Space Force to AI, a $750 Billion Defense Puzzle Awaits

Featuring Paul Scharre

Source: Bloomberg Government

Journalists Travis J Tritten, Roxana Tiron

The Pentagon’s next budget request is likely to be a hotbed of pivotal issues that will mire Congress in divisive debates and lobbying wars.

Lawmakers will have to consider as part of the Defense Department proposal in March a request for a massive war fund even as U.S. forces are set to withdraw from Afghanistan and Syria. They’ll also have to weigh whether to fund creation of a Space Force and whether the Air Force should be buying a Boeing Co. fighter aircraft it rejected only last year. Decisions over how much money to pour into hypersonic technology and artificial intelligence—areas dominated by China and Russia—also loom.

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Authors

  • Paul Scharre

    Vice President and Director of Studies

    Paul Scharre is the Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security. He is the award-winning author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and th...