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The Source: Defense Budget Cuts

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The Pentagon

Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, outlined his vision for the future of the Defense Department Monday in a speech to the press. A very different military is coming down the line. A different world requiring different objectives, and a different set of budget realities, have led to the proposal.

Cuts to troops, vehicles, and benefits for soldiers are all part of the outlined packaged. Several media outlets have talked about pre-1940 levels, but is there any truth to it?


  • Lawrence J Korb – Senior fellow for the budget, military and national security at the Center for American Progress,  a left-leaning public policy research organization.
  • Ben Friedman – is a research fellow in defense and Homeland security at the Cato Institute, a public policy, libertarian think tank 

Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive