Running late: US airpower in the FY2020 budget

UNITED STATES

AC-130J Ghostrider 16-5837 assigned to the 4th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida, on March 13, 2019. Aircraft 5837 is the first Block 30 AC-130J model received by Air Force Special Operations Command.
SSgt Victor Caputo/US Air Force

RUNNING LATE: the FY2020 budget request was supposed to be delivered to the Congress at the start of February. It appeared in mid-March, cutting down the time available to pass a budget and the Defense Authorization and Appropriation Bills, both of which are supposed to be signed into law by the time FY2020 starts on October 1, 2019. In 2017, Patrick Shanahan, the former Boeing executive who is now the acting Secretary of Defense, promised the FY2020 budget request would be this administration’s masterpiece. It may also be its high-water mark.

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