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...