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Defense Secretary Mattis urges Congress to provide predictable funding for military: While the National Defense Strategy and the Nuclear Posture Review align with the president’s National Security Strategy, no strategy can survive without necessary stable, predictable funding, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in a Capitol Hill hearing yesterday, Feb. 6.

“Failure to modernize our military risks leaving us with a force that could dominate the last war, but be irrelevant to tomorrow’s security,” the secretary, appearing with the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, told the House Armed Services Committee.

Mattis also urged legislators “to lift the defense spending caps and support a budget for our military of $700 billion for fiscal year 2018 and $716 billion for the next fiscal year.”

BUDGET UNCERTAINTY HARMS READINESS

The Budget Control Act and continuing resolutions have negatively impacted military readiness, Mattis said.

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Defense Secretary Mattis urges Congress to provide predictable funding for military: While the National Defense Strategy and the Nuclear Posture Review align with the president’sNational Security Strategy, no strategy can survive without necessary stable, predictable funding, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in a Capitol Hill hearingyesterday, Feb. 6. “Failure to modernize our military risks leaving us with a force that could dominate the last war, but be irrelevant to tomorrow’s security,” the secretary, appearing with the ViceChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, told the House Armed Services Committee.Mattis also urged legislators “to lift the defense spending caps and support a budget for our military of $700 billion for fiscal year 2018 and $716 billion for the next fiscal year.”BUDGET UNCERTAINTY HARMS READINESSThe Budget Control Act and continuing resolutions have negatively impacted military readiness, Mattis said.