Loren Thompson, Forbes: Pentagon May Come To Regret Prioritizing R&D Spending Over Weapons It Needs Now
Over the last two years, President Trump has made good on his campaign promise to raise military spending. Between 2016 and 2019, U.S. annual defense spending rose $100 billion, an amount greater than the entire military budget of Germany. And the biggest increases are in the weapons accounts—R&D is up by nearly a third, procurement by over a quarter.
This sounds a lot like the Reagan years, when a new president committed to “peace through strength” inherited a debilitated military from his predecessor and pledged to modernize it fast. What followed was the last great military buildup of the Cold War, an investment in new warfighting technology so profound that even now, three decades later, the joint force continues to rely on the weapons Reagan bought.
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WNU Editor: R&D is important, but why the focus on developing new weapons at the expense of buying weapons. Like the above author I follow these developments closely, and I do not have an answer.