Defense Spending in the Trump Administration: Making Sense of the Early Numbers
By Sebastian Sobolev and Matt Vallone
Over the next few days, the Trump administration will be shedding some light on the shape of their defense budget request, with federal agencies receiving guidance today, President Trump speaking at the joint sessions of Congress tomorrow night and a further document release expected on March 13. With the confusing mass of numbers which is likely to appear over the next few days, Sebastian Sobolev and Matt Vallone provide context to the emerging disclosures and explain what the numbers mean, what they don’t mean, and how we can expect to see the budget process play out over the coming months.
**Correction: During the podcast Matt Vallone mentions that tax reform was included in reconciliation instructions for the FY 2017 budget, but it was not. It will be included in the FY 2018 budget reconciliation instructions.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Sebastian Sobolev is the Deputy Director of Avascent Analytics, where he coordinates the development of a variety of quantitative and qualitative analytic tools that are used to support strategic planners in defense corporations and governments. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Matt Vallone, Director of Research & Analysis at Avascent Analytics, is responsible for the team of analysts that maintain and update Avascent’s Global Platforms and Systems database. In addition, Matt serves as Avascent’s primary expert on Congressional activity and the appropriations process, writing a weekly report on Congressional action. Prior to working for Avascent, Matt served as legislative director for Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter in the U.S. House of Representatives. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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