March 06, 2017

Some Military Experts Say Trump’s Defense Budget Doesn’t Add Up

By Paul Scharre

Source: NBC

Journalist(s) Phil McCausland

It appeared to be a classically braggadocios claim from President Donald Trump: The new administration's budget for 2018 would add $54 billion to the defense budget, "one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history," the president claimed in his first address to both chambers of Congress.

But the numbers — as well as the history — don't quite add up, experts say.

"It's an Obama-esque budget with a Trump-sized sales pitch," Paul Scharre, senior fellow and director of the Future of Warfare Initiative at the Center for a New American Security and Iraq War veteran, told NBC News.

Read the full article at NBC News.

  • Paul Scharre

    Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is author of the forthcoming book, A...