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At defense forum, Trump's promises on spending draw praise, but other questions linger

At defense forum, Trump's promises on spending draw praise, but other questions linger

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to increase military spending.

It’s a pledge that had widespread support among the hundreds of defense officials — including members of Congress, military leaders and industry executives — who met Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley to discuss national security.

“Peace through strength,” said Howard “Buck” McKeon, a former Republican congressman from Santa Clarita, quoting one of Reagan’s favorite maxims.

There was also great enthusiasm for Trump’s selection Thursday of James N. Mattis, who retired as a Marine Corps general in 2013, for the post of Defense secretary.

But attendees at the Reagan...

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