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Republican congressman calls Pentagon budget ‘irresponsible’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Buck McKeon, who heads the House Armed Services Committee, on Monday blasted the Pentagon’s proposed defense budget for fiscal 2013, saying it “irresponsibly ignores” additional mandatory cuts that are due to take effect in January 2013. “This budget reflects a true reduction, in real terms, of…

Defense chief Panetta warns of ‘hasty’ budget cuts

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Wednesday against any extra deep spending cuts to the Pentagon budget which could be triggered by a further stalemate in the battle to slash the US deficit. While the new Pentagon chief said he believed defense spending could be reduced responsibly, he was…

Pentagon budget down due to Iraq pullout: US

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon on Monday proposed a reduced defense budget for the first time since the September 11 attacks, finding savings in the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. The total budget of $671 billion is down from last year’s request of 708 billion but the “base” defense budget…

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