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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

Hagel to VFW: Budget cuts ‘very damaging’

Hagel said sequester cuts have forced leaders at the Pentagon to make “very difficult decisions to reduce, stop and defer many activities and programs that keep our military prepared to fight.” Full story

Pentagon chief can't offer hope in budget cuts

The audience gasped in surprise and gave a few low whistles as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered the news that furloughs, which have forced a 20 percent pay cut on most of the military's civilian workforce, probably will continue next year, and it might get worse. Full story

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