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In her new report entitled “2018 Defense Budget Defers Buildup for Austerity,” Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute’s Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, argues that President Donald Trump’s “overall federal spending blueprint” shortchanges the rebuilding of the US military in order to balance the federal budget. “Overall, Trump’s budget creates the troubling impression that the president is inclined toward a more muscular status quo regarding defense spending and policy,” she writes. “That would not represent enough of a change from his predecessor to build a military that can deter the wars the country does not want to fight and win the ones it must.”