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As the US defense budget inches closer to $800 billion, critics say more money doesn’t buy what the military really needs (Christopher Woody)

The National Defense Authorization Act emerged from the House Armed Services Committee this month with a major addition: $23.9 billion for more weapons, research and…

The House version of the annual defense budget now totals nearly $778 billion, $738 billion of it for the Pentagon, well above the Biden administration’s proposed $753 billion, $715 billion of it for the Pentagon.

Rep. Mike Rogers, the committee’s top Republican, added the funds in an amendment adopted by a bipartisan 42-17 vote.

In addition to boosting the total 5% over last year’s bill, Rogers said the money authorizes all combatant commanders’ unfunded priorities – the…

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