Hagel Defends Plans To Close Bases Amid Spending Cuts

Law360, New York (April 11, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT) -- House lawmakers grilled Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the Pentagon's budget choices Thursday, pushing back on plans to close military bases and make changes to missile defense systems, weapons acquisitions and military health care.

With North Korea's increasingly bellicose rhetoric making headlines, missile defense was a hot topic for debate in the House Armed Services Committee. Lawmakers praised Hagel's decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system to Guam, but several opposed an overall decrease in missile defense funds, as well as the Pentagon's...
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