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Pentagon warns of tough trade-offs in face of looming cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday outlined the stark choices facing the Pentagon if it keeps cutting $100 billion in spending annually over the next decade, including shrinking the size of the military, curbing pay and benefits, and reducing weapons programs.Full story

Fort Gordon one step closer to getting new cyber center

Pentagon officials say we're one step closer to getting a national cyberspace center at Fort Gordon. Full story

AP Sources: Pentagon Likely To Cut Furlough Days

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense department civilians will likely face up to five fewer unpaid furlough days than originally planned, as Pentagon leaders scrimp to find up to $900 million in savings in the final months of the budget year that ends Sept. 30, officials told The Associated Press. Full story

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Lockheed hopes for next Pentagon deal on F-35 jets soon

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  Sexual assault in the military has become an endemic problem

As the Pentagon prepares to integrate women into front-line combat by 2016 the need to address the epidemic of sexual assault in the military has never been more important. Last year 26,000 members of the military were victims of sexual assault. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., joins the NOW panel to d

  ‘Days of Rambo are over’: Women to enter combat roles

Physical standards will not be lowered for women, who will be required to do the same tasks as the men they work alongside. Women have already been battle-tested under enemy fire in Iraq and Afghanistan, and some say if women are given the chance, they’ll make the cut. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports

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