The Pentagon wants to spend about $184 billion next year on weapons procurement and research. This touches many regions. The tipsheet will outline DoD, congressional and public interest resources for tracking defense spending, and contracts and contractor performance in your readership area. It will also focus on how to develop sources and get deeply inside secretive military communities -- such as Navy SEALs and submariners -- starting at ground zero. We'll also discuss the importance of attention to detail needed to cover the military. This includes not lumping all veterans together and understanding there are intricacies to each branch. Calling a Marine a soldier is a detail that loses trust and confidence. The lack of attention to detail is one of the main reasons service members tend to distrust journalists.