As defense officials unveil their 2020 budget requests, journalists and analysts alike are finally getting a peek behind the curtain at the real priorities driving the American war-fighting apparatus. The Department of Defense (DOD), by and large, needs to err on the side of discretion when discussing ongoing defense initiatives. A poorly chosen word can send stock prices spiraling, creating issues with defense contractors that are beholden to public perceptions as publicly traded companies. And then, of course, there’s pressure from the political side of the house when it comes to big-ticket items like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which sees some element of its production spread out over 46 different states.

Because public statements regarding defense programs are as much a public relations effort as they are about relaying information, the rosy image painted by the DOD isn’t always reflected by reality. Throughout months of speculation about the F-15X, Lockheed Martin and the DOD assured the public that F-35 orders would not be affected. But as their budget proposal clearly shows, fewer F-35s are expected to be on order in 2020 than had been projected. Defense officials have insinuated that the reduction in orders is tied to issues with the F-35 program and has nothing to do with the F-15, which may be true, but this makes the past few months’ worth of talking points seem a bit disingenuous.

When it comes to defense initiatives, the one way to see where priorities truly lie is by following the money. The Air Force, in particular, has a number of initiatives ongoing with huge national security implications. So here’s a brief rundown of where the Air Force plans to put large chunks of its money—regardless of the platitudes they offer in the press.

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