The Trump administration's $603 billion defense spending request for fiscal year 2018, which begins on Oct. 1, includes money to address the shortfalls that have sidelined warships and aircraft and invests substantially in new weaponry and nuclear modernization. It also seeks a 2.1 percent pay raise for the military and $186.5 billion for Department of Veterans Affairs.

Military Times reporters and editors, along with our partners at Defense News, have been following all of the developments, focusing on how the president's spending plans will affect soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, their families and the military veterans community. 

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