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Trump unveils plan to increase number of troops, ships, subs (Obama's ships that go under water) and fighter planes

Trump unveils plan to increase number of troops, ships, subs (Obama's ships that go under water) and fighter planes

STEVE PEOPLES | Associated Press

Republican Donald Trump has unveiled a plan to boost military spending by tens of billions of dollars on Wednesday, outlining a plan for major increases in the number of active troops, Navy ships and submarines, and fighter planes as he works to convince skeptics in both parties that he's ready to lead the world's most powerful military.

The New York businessman, who has struggled at times to demonstrate a command of foreign policy, also seemed to acknowledge he does not currently have a plan to address cyber security or the Islamic State group.

If elected, Trump said he would give military leaders 30 days to formulate a plan to defeat the group, commonly known as ISIS. And he would ask the joint chiefs of staff to conduct "a thorough review" of the nation's cyber defenses to determine all vulnerabilities, according to a fact sheet distributed by his campaign.

Trump's address comes hours before his national security acumen is tested at a "commander in chief" forum on NBC.

"I'm going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody — absolutely nobody — is gonna to mess with us," Trump said in a 23-second video posted on his campaign website ahead of a speech at the Union League of Philadelphia.

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