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Secretary Gates is getting do something he’s wanted to do for a few years: cut defense spending. And a bad economy is giving him cover to make spending less a possiblity. Currently, we spend more on defense than the next 25 biggest spenders combined. And we’ve managed to do it while still making our troops badly under-equipped.
The LA Times reports:

“I am just trying to get the irregular warfare guys a seat at the table,” Gates said.

The overall size of the budget, $534 billion, was announced earlier, but Gates had not outlined what weapons programs he intended to cut. The budget marks the end of a long run-up in defense spending that began in 2001.


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