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The Obama administration has assured the American public that any cuts to defense spending would be part of a reasonably balanced package of reductions, would help reduce record budget deficits, and will be "reversible" if future contingencies require it.
Now that the Pentagon has released the president's fiscal year 2013 defense budget, the question is how well did it achieve those three goals? Despite the best efforts of the defense leadership to make sensible strategic trade-offs with significantly less resources, the final result does not match the rhetoric and the promises.
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