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Pentagon Eyeing Cuts in Weapons Programs

Struggling to pay for a costly war in Iraq, the Pentagon is considering as much as $15 billion in cuts to aircraft, shipbuilding and other weapons purchases as it begins to craft a budget for next year. Defense analysts and congressional staff say such reductions could hamper efforts to replace equipment worn out in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and outdated Cold War-era weapons systems. Any proposed cuts are likely to set up a fierce battle, as members of Congress _ including majority Republicans _ strive to protect programs that pour millions of dollars and thousands of jobs into their local economies. Full Story

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