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Panetta: Defnese Cuts Would Be ‘Devastating’

Bigger defense cuts triggered by failed deficit reduction negotiations would have “devastating” effects on the nation’s security, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday.

In a rare joint appearance at the National Defense University, Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made their case for limiting their budgets’ exposure to the political battles in Congress over identifying additional ways of reduce future government spending.

Panetta said the Pentagon is prepared to make $350 billion in cuts over the next 10 years, as agreed by Congress. But he warned of dangers to the national defense if bigger reductions are required. . .

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