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Pentagon wants to keep war chest despite Afghan exit

The Pentagon wants to keep its $80-billion war chest even though most or all US troops are to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of this year, officials said Tuesday. "Overseas contingency operations" funds are separate from the main Pentagon budget and have financed wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and counter-terrorism efforts elsewhere for more than a decade. When President Barack Obama came into office, his deputies vowed to shift war spending back into the Pentagon's main budget.

Pentagon plans little change to war budget despite Afghan exit

The Pentagon has proposed only a slight decrease in war funding in 2015, even though most or all US troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, officials said Tuesday. "Overseas contingency operations" funds are separate from the Pentagon's "base" budget and have been used to finance wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and counter-terrorism efforts elsewhere for more than a decade. After President Barack Obama came into office, his deputies vowed to shift the war spending back into the Pentagon's main budget.

Pentagon plans little change to war budget despite Afghan exit

The Pentagon has proposed only a slight decrease in war funding in 2015, even even though most or all US troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, officials said Tuesday. "Overseas contingency operations" funds are separate from the Pentagon's "base" budget and have been used to finance wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and counter-terrorism efforts elsewhere for more than a decade. After President Barack Obama came into office, his deputies vowed to shift the war spending back into the Pentagon's main budget.

Pentagon plans $80 bln war budget despite Afghan exit

The Pentagon has proposed $79.4 billion in war funding in 2015 even though most or all US troops are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year, officials said Tuesday. "Overseas contingency operations" funds are separate from the Pentagon's "base" budget and have been used to finance wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and counter-terrorism efforts elsewhere for more than a decade. After President Barack Obama came into office, his deputies vowed to shift the war spending back into the Pentagon's main budget.

Pentagon to shrink ground force to around 444,000

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- The Pentagon announced plans Monday to reduce the number of ground troops to the lowest level since before World War II as part of efforts to cut budgets. It is still unclear whether or how it will affect the operation of the 28,500-strong U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), officials said. Under the proposal unveiled by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the Army will be downsized to between 440,000 and 450,000 soldiers by 2017. The current force is 520,000.

Pentagon to shrink ground force to around 444,000

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- The Pentagon announced plans Monday to reduce the number of ground troops to the lowest level since before World War II as part of efforts to cut budgets. It is still unclear whether or how it will affect the operation of the 28,500-strong U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), officials said. Under the proposal unveiled by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the Army will be downsized to between 440,000 and 450,000 soldiers by 2017. The current force is 520,000.

Pentagon, GSA map out acquisition cybersecurity; tester finds issues remain

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department and General Services Administration on Wednesday mapped out six broad reforms to improve the cybersecurity of more than $500 billion in goods and services acquired by the U.S. federal government each year. The guidelines come as the Pentagon's chief weapons tester warned that military missions remained at "moderate to high risk" since local network operators were not always able to defend networks against determined cyberattacks.

Obama gives Pentagon a year to fix sexual assault scourge

US President Barack Obama Friday gave the Pentagon a year to fix the scourge of sexual assaults that have sparked calls for commanders to lose the power to adjudicate such crimes. The military in August launched a raft of new measures to combat sexual assaults but their action did not appease some lawmakers who want much stronger measures to deal with hundreds of alleged offenses from harassment to rape.

Pentagon orders aircraft carrier, ships to Philippines

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the aircraft carrier USS George Washington and other American ships to head to the typhoon-stricken Philippines, the Pentagon said Monday. The carrier, which has 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft aboard, is currently in Hong Kong for a port visit. The crew is being recalled early from shore leave and the ship is expected to be underway later this evening, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Pentagon offset budget cut impact in key areas -watchdog

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When $37 billion in budget cuts hit the Pentagon abruptly early this year, officials took steps that minimized the impact on key areas like the Afghanistan war but also took action that could raise long-run costs, a watchdog agency said on Thursday. The Pentagon was hit by the reductions in March, almost midway through its fiscal year, as part of across-the-board government budget cuts that slashed its approved spending level for the year to about $490 billion from $527 billion.
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