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Panetta under pressure for deep cuts at Pentagon

New weapons, staff, benefits on the block

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is under orders to cut the Pentagon budget by $450 billion over the next decade. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is under orders to cut the Pentagon budget by $450 billion over the next decade.
By Elisabeth Bumiller and Thom Shanker
New York Times / November 7, 2011

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Under orders to cut the Pentagon budget by more than $450 billion over the next decade, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is considering reductions in spending categories once thought sacrosanct, especially in medical and retirement benefits, as well as further shrinking the number of troops and reducing new weapons purchases.

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