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Defense Secretary Proposes Big Cuts to U.S. Military Spending

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United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel proposed a new Pentagon budget on Monday that would shrink the U.S. military’s size down to pre-World War II levels, becoming the Defense Department’s first non-war budget since 2001.

Speaking from the Pentagon at a press conference, Hagel said the military can reduce spending and get smaller without losing its worldwide presence. He added that there is no need for a force that can fight two wars when the Iraq war ended over two years ago, and the war in Afghanistan has been drawing down for some time.┬áHagel’s cuts will likely prompt sharp criticism from some veterans’ groups and members of Congress, who have to approve the budget for it to move forward. Read more…

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