The Pentagon has been able to escape the Office of Management and Budget's mandate to other agencies to slash 5% from their budgets, but as the ballooning deficit puts more pressure on the administration to make more cuts, the Pentagon could face a budget reduction as soon as next year. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has described a plan for having the military find $100 billion in savings over the next five years to help spare the Pentagon the kind of severe cuts it experienced in the 1990s.

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