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Threatened U.S. Defense Cuts Could Loom Over 2012 Campaign

The threat of $500 billion in future defense cuts codified in the new deficit-reduction law could sharpen a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over national security as the 2012 campaign intensifies.

President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders designed the defense cuts -- as well as reductions in all other areas of government, including Medicare -- as a doomsday incentive to force Congress to enact a more targeted spending-cut package by year’s end.