Missing from Trump's defense budget: Future plans
The Washington Examiner, May 23, 2017
Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made the following comment on this problem:
“I am seriously disappointed that President Trump’s defense budget omits long-term planning assumptions that are needed to make sober and strategic choices about national security.
“It impacts the military’s ability to respond to current and future threats when you don’t include this future planning information in your defense budget. These things matter. As we mark up this year’s defense authorization bill, those gaps will have a negative impact on our ability to get the Defense Department what it needs.
“If this delay is occurring because President Trump has so far failed to nominate enough competent, capable, confirmable nominees to key positions in the Department, that’s a major failure. If it’s occurring because of internal disagreements within the administration, that’s unfortunate and dangerous. If it’s a result of disorganization, that’s just as bad. This is all happening on President Trump’s watch, so he bears the responsibility for fixing it, and for any negative consequences that result.”