Editor's note

President Trump formally submitted his budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018 to Congress today. Essentially, it aims to put “America first” by boosting military spending $52 billion while making significant cuts to a variety of other agencies and programs to pay for it. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget would be slashed by nearly one third, and a slew of smaller agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, would be eliminated.

Daniel Wirls, a military policy expert at the University of California, Santa Cruz, argues Trump's defense buildup is based on several misleading claims and lacks an underlying strategic vision.

Read on for more analysis of the budget and White House priorities from our stable of experts.

Bryan Keogh

Editor, Economics and Business

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Trump wants to build more aircraft carriers but doesn’t have a strategy yet for how to use them. David Josek/AP Photo

Trump's planned military buildup is based on faulty claims, not good strategy

Daniel Wirls, University of California, Santa Cruz

Trump's first budget proposal would boost defense spending by $52 billion, but his desired military buildup is premised on misleading claims and lacks a strategic vision.

Spending priorities

  • Why Trump’s 'skinny' budget is already dead

    Roy T. Meyers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    A former analyst at the Congressional Budget Office explains why Trump’s excessively skinny budget proposal doesn’t stand a chance in Congress.

  • What's the purpose of President Trump's Navy?

    Simon Reich, Rutgers University Newark ; Peter Dombrowski, US Naval War College

    Does the president's specified goal of 350 ships meet the needs of the nation in the 21st century? The answer is not yet clear.

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