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What to Look for in the FY 2022 Defense Budget Request

The Biden administration is expected to release its first budget request for FY 2022 in May. The request marks the first budget since FY 2011 that is not subject to the discretionary spending limits imposed by the Budget Control Act. While the defense budget request for FY 2022 was developed predominantly under the previous administration, it will provide some direction as to the national security priorities of the new administration. In this report, experts from the CSIS International Security Program outline major issues to watch in the FY 2022 defense budget.

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Todd Harrison, Seamus P. Daniels, Mark Cancian, Tom Karako and Wes Rumbaugh, "What to Look for in the FY 2022 Defense Budget Request," Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 29, 2021, last modified April 29, 2021,