Among the U.S. government agencies hardest hit by the shutdown is the Department of Defense, though officials say military operations around the world are not affected.
Roughly half of the 800,000 civilian workers the U.S. Defense Department employs are being furloughed. They are largely administrative employees – working behind the scenes to ensure that soldiers are supplied and paid.
U.S. officials say military operations and training exercises will go on uninterrupted.
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