Ramping up the "threat" (fear factor) to justify increasing "defense" spending. This is a self-augmenting system. As one side (US allies) ramp up the other side (Russia & China) also ramp up. Welcome to the new arms race.
It's looking like Donald Trump may be facing a similar dilemma that Lyndon Johnson faced in trying to achieve the Great Society will simultaneously funding an increasingly costly Vietnam War.
U.S. reshaping budget to account for Russian military threat