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In the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments’ “Overview of the FY 2018 Defense Budget Request,” Katherine Blakeley, CSBA research fellow, breaks down the Trump administration’s proposed defense budget for the coming fiscal year. “This proposed $603 billion in discretionary base national defense spending would be $51.8 billion dollars more than the $551 billion the Obama administration requested in FY 2017, an increase of 9.4 percent,” she writes in the report’s overview. “The requested $603 billion is also $54 billion, or 10 percent, over the caps on national defense spending for FY 2018 established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), as amended.”