non·de·fense | \ˌnän-di-ˈfen(t)s \

Definition of nondefense 

: not related to or used for a nation's military defenses nondefense spending nondefense businesses/industries

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The White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Friday directed the department to submit a budget request that would reduce funding for all nondefense offices by 5 percent from what the administration sent to Congress for fiscal 2019. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: White House seeking more clean energy cuts despite congressional opposition," 27 June 2018 His budgets have proposed dramatically slashing nondefense spending. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Trump Goes on a Spending Diet," 7 June 2018 Within this category, nondefense aircraft and parts orders rose 44.5% on the month, suggesting a strong first quarter of aircraft orders at manufacturer Boeing Co. helped drive the headline figure. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Business Investment Stalls in the First Months of 2018," 26 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, a business-investment gauge, new orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft, declined 0.1% in March from the prior month. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Business Investment Stalls in the First Months of 2018," 26 Apr. 2018 The military spending is a $66 billion increase over the 2017 level, and the nondefense spending is $52 billion more than last year. Author: Mike Debonis, Erica Werner, Anchorage Daily News, "Congress passes budget with little time to spare," 23 Mar. 2018 The appropriations bill stemmed from a February deal in which leaders agreed to add tens of billions of dollars to both defense and nondefense spending over the next two years. Cathleen Decker,, "Congress reaches deal on trillion-dollar bill that hikes defense and domestic spending," 22 Mar. 2018 New careers are put on hold, top talent is lost to nondefense industries, and programs that will provide critical warfighter capabilities are delayed. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Security clearance process remains ‘broken’ despite 2016 changes," 19 Mar. 2018 In manufacturing, construction and professional, scientific and technical services, defense and nondefense jobs totaled 358,000 jobs or 21 percent of the county total. Roger Showley,, "Defense contracting: A $9.2B power surge to local economy," 16 Feb. 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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