The Bottom Line


This series explores the Trump administration’s 2019 defense budget request in detail. Throughout February and into March, the CNAS Defense Priorities team will post new analysis every few days on different aspects of the request. The series will start with an overview, followed by detailed analyses for each of the military departments. It will conclude with some answers to the big questions. How does the budget proposal link to the new National Defense Strategy and does it manage to fulfill the priorities set there? The strategy emphasizes strategic competition with China and Russia–is that commitment demonstrated in the budget? What trade-offs has DoD made among the size of the force, investments in advanced capabilities, and readiness?

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Analyses in this Series

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2019 President’s Budget Request for Defense

The 2019 President’s Budget request for the Department of Defense grew by $40 billion over the total requested in 2018.1 We have spent the past four weeks assessing this reque...

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2019 President's Budget Request for Defense-wide

The Defense-wide account, colloquially known as the Fourth Estate, provides funds for all DoD activities that do not fall under one of the military services, including the Off...

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2019 President's Budget Request for the Navy and Marine Corps

The Department of the Navy’s budget request for 2019, which includes both the Navy and the Marine Corps, increased by just under 8 percent over the 2018 president’s budget req...

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2019 President’s Budget Request for the Army

The Army’s budget request saw more growth than any other service relative to the 2018 President’s budget request, gaining $16 billion or about 10 percent.1 With these addition...

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2019 President’s Budget Request for the Air Force

The Air Force 2019 budget requests $194 billion in budget authority, an increase of $10 billion, or about 6 percent, over the fiscal year 2018 request.1 But the challenges the...

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Overview of the 2019 President’s Budget Request for Defense

The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget request for the Department of Defense is $686 billion, an increase of $40 billion1 over the president’s fiscal year 2018 req...

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What to Expect in the President’s 2019 Budget Request

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) plans to release President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget request on February 12. This budget request is the first that will have be...