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Without a headline defense budget hike, a sharp inter-service budget fight is likely. All military branches want pricey new systems. The next decade will likely be tough as the services compete to fund priorities that are all militarily justifiable in response to serious emerging challenges.

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In the next decade, the threats facing South Korea will grow. Seoul’s alliance with the U.S. will help contain some of these problems, but North Korea’s nuclear weapons make the credibility of U.S. commitments difficult to judge. South Korea will likely need to expand its own capabilities substantially across multiple domains of power.

Japan faces a similar series of growing threats. Its announcement of a major defense spending increase last year presages a likely similar announcement on the South Korean side. 

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