Proposed Pentagon Budget Cuts for the Next Decade

Friday, January 27, 2012

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testifies before the House Committee on Armed Services. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty)

After ten years of war and expanded spending, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta outlined a series of military budget cuts for the next decade totaling $487 billion. Among these cost-saving measures are limiting pay raises for troops, increasing health insurance fees for military retirees, and closing bases in the U.S. These proposed cuts would be in addition to a previously established drawdown of troops and army personnel over the next five years.

Elisabeth Bumiller is pentagon correspondent for our partner The New York Times.

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