Pentagon Warns of Tough Trade-offs as Budget Cuts Loom

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says automatic government spending cuts, if they continue, will force the Pentagon to reduce its forces by tens of thousands of troops or cancel plans to develop and buy new weapons. 

The U.S. defense budget already is being cut by $46 billion this year under the automatic cuts known as sequestration. If the cuts continue, the Pentagon will have to cut $500 billion in the next 10 years.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel …

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