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James Mattis, Gen. Joseph Dunford: 2-year budget deal can help DoD implement national defense strategy

Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have told House Armed Services Committee members that the two-year budget agreement passed by Congress supports National Defense Strategy implementation efforts, DoD News reported Thursday.

Both officials also testified on a fiscal 2019 defense budget request during an HASC hearing that was held Thursday.

“This budget funds systems to enhance communications and resiliency in space,” Mattis, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, told committee members.

He added the department will prioritize efforts to accelerate the delivery, continuous adaptation of technology platforms.

Dunford, also a 2018 Wash100 recipient, said he believes the U.S. military can “defend the homeland, meet our alliance commitments and prevail in any conflict.”

The JCS chair added he believes the federal government should invest in a full range of systems to deter foreign threats.

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