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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