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Defense budget may be more appealing target for cuts in 2011 because of deficit, rising costs and troops leaving Iraq

from The Huntsville Times

A new Congress under pressure to cut spending and the federal deficit will likely make the defense budget a more appealing target for cuts in 2011 than it has been in years. The withdrawal of troops in Iraq, the scheduled drawdown in Afghanistan and the rising costs of military health care and other programs add to the defense budget's allure for deficit hawks. "There is an atmosphere in the Congress that defense has got to pay in reducing the deficit," said retired Lt. Gen. Theodore Stroup Jr., vice president of education for the Association of the U.S. Army. more

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