DOD Defends Military Budget Cuts At Senate Hearing

Law360, New York (February 14, 2012, 3:36 PM EST) -- Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta weathered criticism from lawmakers during a Senate hearing Tuesday, defending President Barack Obama’s military budget as a balanced package that makes difficult, cost-saving choices while preserving the military’s future capability.

The agency's $525 billion budget request, a slight reduction from $531 billion in fiscal year 2012, is the first step in a five-year plan to shave $287 billion from projected defense spending by 2017. The proposal included many elements that were unpopular on Capitol Hill, including reducing the active-duty Army and...
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