Pressure to cut military spending grows

07/23/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The "first serious debate" on reductions in military spending since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is looming as the budget deficit grows, the war in Iraq winds down and President Barack Obama moves to fulfill his pledge to begin pulling troops from Afghanistan next year, write Thom Shanker and Christopher Drew. Democrats in Congress are moving more quickly in cutting the military budget for next year, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates is pushing for more efficiency from the Pentagon in its weapons programs in order to use the savings to maintain fighting forces.

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