Mattis outlines defense-budget planning; Lockheed lets an F-35 appeal deadline pass; Talkin’ tech with NATO; and more…

The Pentagon generally doesn’t discuss its annual budget request before sending it to Congress, trial balloons and other advance leaks notwithstanding.

But all bets are off this year. One week into the Trump administration, the Pentagon has already released a lot of paper (actually PDFs, but you get the gist). Yesterday came the official release of a four-page memo that Defense Secretary James Mattis sent to…well, just about everyone laying out the department’s 2018 budget planning process. It solidifies some of the rumors that have been circulating for months and details how the Pentagon will prepare cap-busting spending plans to Congress.

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