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Is the Trump phenomenon a mere aberration, or is it indicative of a long-term trend unlikely to disappear anytime soon?

A stagnant budget juxtaposed with more ambitious strategic plans sets up a severe mismatch.

A view shows a new section of the border fence in Sunland Park, New Mexico, U.S., as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico February 15, 2019.

The military is being punished for the sins of the White House in dismissing core constitutional authorities of the Congress: the power of the purse and the power to fund the military.

It’s fashionable for defense technocrats to rail against the often frustrating and arbitrary political constraints within which they operate.

Please join AEI for a discussion on the resurgence in American nationalism and the implications for US foreign and domestic policy.

Given that the White House is willing to flirt with sequestration and gamble with the effectiveness of the US military and federal government, Congress must assume the lead and execute a spending deal as soon as possible.

No matter how one cuts it, the administration’s use of the Pentagon’s transfer authority will weaken the building’s ability to meet the unfolding contingencies it now faces and will face in the months ahead. The price will be fewer training opportunities, less support, and declining morale as service members and their families deal with damaged basing and housing.

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) join AEI’s Mackenzie Eaglen to discuss current national defense issues, the National Defense Strategy, and the importance of cutting across party lines.

Without significant down payments for the submarine industrial base and sustained investments in sub production by the Pentagon and Congress, delays and cost overruns will likely become more common.

Opposition Nationalist Kuomintang Party (KMT) Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Han Kuo-yu celebrates after winning in local elections, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan November 24, 2018. Reuters

How can the US support Taiwan, as mandated by the Taiwan Relations Act, without supporting the electoral prospects of a particular party? Countering CCP influence operations during an election year requires a delicate political balancing act.

Congress must confirm a Secretary of Defense as soon as possible in order for the Pentagon to get serious about executing the new defense strategy.

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