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Hagel: Budget cuts could harm nation's defense

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  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pauses during a news conference at the Pentagon, Wednesday.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pauses during a news conference at the Pentagon, Wednesday.
    Associated Press

 

Pentagon officials insist they are not crying wolf when they say proposed budget cuts could severely harm the military. In a detailed and stark warning, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said about $500 billion in automatic budget cuts scheduled to take effect over the next decade could leave the nation with an ill-prepared, underequipped military doomed to face more technologically advanced enemies.

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