Pentagon Spending Cuts: Dangerous Or Just Overdue?

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Debate over Pentagon spending cuts is heating up as a bipartisan congressional panel tries to come up with a plan to cut the federal deficit.

The Pentagon says that if Congress' so-called supercommittee fails to meet a Nov. 23 deadline for a debt plan, it will trigger spending cuts that would endanger national security, invite aggression and devastate Defense Department operations.

Although the Pentagon has outside support for that view, there also are plenty of critics. Some say that the Pentagon is exaggerating and cuts are overdue for a budget that has doubled over the past decade.


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