Is Defense a Priority for Trump?

One of the few pledges that Donald Trump made during the campaign that brought joy to the hearts of national security conservatives was his promise to rebuild the U.S. armed forces from the damage suffered under the sequestration budget cuts. He called for increasing the army from 450,000 active-duty soldiers to 540,000, the Marine Corps from 182,000 marines to 200,000, the Navy from 272 deployable ships to 350, and the air force from 1,141 combat aircraft to 1,200. This is a great idea. The U.S. armed forces need to get bigger to counter the rise of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and other threats.

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Is Defense a Priority for Trump?

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