Battle Stations! The Coming Combat Over Defense Spending

After years of dining on Hamburger Helper, the Pentagon is about to rediscover red meat. Concerns about the military are rising, spurred by reports of aging weapons and underpaid, poorly trained troops. With U.S. forces set for a long and expensive mission in Iraq, Republican hawks and White House budgeteers agree that it's time to boost defense outlays. The likely result: the first big Pentagon spending hike in a decade.

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