Panetta Faces Lawmakers On Defense Cuts

By: AP
By: AP
The Defense Secretary is testifying Thursday and will be asking lawmakers to work with him to avoid a hollow military.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is delivering a sober message to lawmakers: Spending cuts are coming, so work with me to avoid a hollow military.

Panetta is testifying Thursday before a House committee. He'll be joined by Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who will be making his first appearance on Capitol Hill since becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Their appearance comes as spiraling deficits and rampant debt have forced the federal government to reduce spending, even at the Pentagon, whose budget has nearly doubled to some $700 billion in the 10 years since the 2001 terror attacks.

Earlier this week, Panetta said Congress must work with him on the cuts and be prepared to see a favorite base or weapon system eliminated or scaled back.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 15, 2011 at 10:18 PM
    Angel, stop being such a sucker
  • by Angel on Oct 13, 2011 at 11:04 AM
    Let me see if I understand this correctly. We have terrorist plots against the USA by a new nuclear country who is insane...IRAN. We are still fighting terrorists in the Middle East. We have politicians who sit on their duff all day fighting political wars while getting paid 6 figure salaries. Now we are going to scale back on the military more because???? These men and women who put their lives on the line who go to the front line get squat and spat upon by people who don't understand where their freedom comes from. Why not cut the politician salary and their garbage so we can pay our military and the contractors who keep them alive. Politicians I swear are demons in disguise as humans.
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