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Pentagon anticipates $78 billion in budget cuts


WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates will cut $78
billion from the Pentagon budget in the next five years, money that
will come from shrinking the military's ground force, increasing
health care premiums for troops and other potentially unpopular
cost-saving measures.

The plan, announced Thursday, identifies a separate $100 billion
in savings found by the services, including the cancellation of a
$14 billion amphibious Marine vehicle. However, the services will
be allowed to reinvest that money in new weapon systems and
programs that benefit troops.

The move is part of a broader effort to trim fat from the
military's budget in light of the nation's ballooning deficit. But
parts of the plan could run into opposition from Congress.

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