Video Interview Series: GovCon Expert Jim McAleese Discusses How Looming China Fight is Reflected in FY23 DOD Budget Part 2

In the wake of President Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget request, Executive Mosaic sat down with GovCon Expert Jim McAleese, principal and owner of McAleese and Associates and a previous Wash100 Award recipient, to get a comprehensive breakdown of the FY23 defense budget and understand which programs, military branches and initiatives rank among the Defense Department’s highest priorities.

Part two of Executive Mosaic’s video interview series with Jim McAleese takes a deeper look at how the FY23 budget reflects a major resource shift towards the looming “China fight,” and how the United States is working to achieve overmatch with one of its biggest competitors on the global stage.

The U.S. and China are engaged in a “technology race,” that’s being run largely by the U.S. Air Force, McAleese explained in his most recent video interview. The FY23 budget request, he revealed, gives us a glimpse into the Air Force’s future programs and weapons that could raise alarms for Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“When I look at the current strategy of the Air Force, the technology competition that the Air Force is really investing into — this RDT&E — what that really tells me is that those [areas] have the ability to get President Xi’s attention,” said McAleese.

He added that if the U.S. could develop its ability to mass long range fires into China, rather than “simply fighting over the Straits of Taiwan,” that would certainly garner attention in the global arena and reposition the U.S. as a strategic competitor in the eyes of its adversaries.

In part two of his video interview series, McAleese also covers topics like missile tracking and warning systems, the U.S. Space Force budget growth, Navy and Marine Corps priorities and more. 

Click here to watch part two of Jim McAleese’s video interview with Executive Mosaic, and visit to watch part one of McAleese’s interview, as well as videos from our previous participants. 

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