Hagel: Budget cuts could harm nation's defense

Associated Press
Hagel: Budget cuts could harm nation's defense

FILE - In this July 17, 2013, file photo. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks with Air Force personnel at Joint Base Charleston near Charleston, S.C., on the last day of a three-day trip to visit bases in the Carolinas and Florida. A second, deeper round of automatic budget cuts is on its way, and it’s going to hit the Pentagon hard. Already reeling from a $34 billion budget blow this year due to deficit-driven spending reductions known as sequestration, the Defense Department would feel an additional $20 billion pinch in 2014. All told, the Pentagon’s budget for next year would be cut by about 10 percent below levels approved just six months ago. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File)

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