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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens as U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions during a meeting with military leaders in the Cabinet Room on October 23, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Trump reportedly told the Pentagon to increase the defense budget to $750 billion after saying he would cut spending by 5%

After announcing plans to cut military spending, President Trump has reportedly asked Jim Mattis to prepare a $750 billion budget proposal for 2020.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, far left, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, third from left, and President Donald Trump, at the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels, July 11, 2018.

Trump gives European countries ‘the willies’ about buying US weapons, but he’s not their only concern

Trump has added to European countries' interest in developing their domestic defense industries, but their frustration with him only adds to other concerns they've long had about US policies.
Paramilitary policemen take part in a summer training in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China, June 27, 2016.

The 15 countries with the highest military budgets in 2017

Global military spending reached $1.739 trillion in 2017, up 1.1% from 2016. "In 2017 the USA spent more on its military than the next seven highest-spending countries combined," according to SIPRI.

The next government-shutdown deadline looms in 3 days — here’s the GOP’s plan to avoid it

House Republicans' plan to avoid a shutdown includes funding for the military and Medicare, but no DACA solution or debt-ceiling increase.
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 10, 2018.

Trump was asked about a Marine general’s prediction that a ‘big-ass fight’ is coming and said ‘maybe he knows something that I...

"I would say this ... we have a very, very powerful military. We're getting more powerful by the month, by the day," Trump said.

The new proposed defense budget is trying to fix one of the military’s biggest problems

The House authorized nearly $700 billion for defense programs, including increased pay and benefits for soldiers in an attempt to combat low retention rates.

The 12 countries that spend the highest proportion of GDP on their military

Although the USA spends the most globally on its military budget, the picture is different when budgets are looked at as a percentage of GDP.

US Marine captain writes stinging op-ed: ‘We lost the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan’

The biggest problem, writes Capt. Joshua Waddell, is "self-delusion."

The Pentagon is so focused on nukes, it may lose its conventional military edge

The implication that the US's arsenal isn't "up to snuff" is "exaggerating misleading and flat out wrong," and it could also syphon precious funds.