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Reshaped priorities: US defence budget 2017

US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that the president would seek a $582.7bn defence budget for 2017 and reshape spending priorities to address five evolving challenges, including Russian aggression in Europe, the rise of China in the Asia Pacific, North Korea, Iran, and the ongoing fight against terrorist groups such as ISIS. The proposal is taking a ‘long-term view’ which will see a number of priorities re-jigged as the budget seeks a balance between modernisation and readiness. Claire Apthorp reports.

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