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by The Editors

Chuck Hagel’s defense cuts would imperil the nation

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed Defense Department budget for fiscal year 2015, unveiled in late February, has set off a firestorm of outrage, and for good reason.

Of course, in one sense, its long list of cuts only extends the defense cuts President Obama has been making since he took office — some $480 billion worth — in addition to those imposed by the Budget Control Act, which will eventually add up to another $600 billion when and if the moratorium on the cuts in the Ryan–Murray budget deal expires.

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