Next US defense chief will not gut military


AFP
July 1, 2011

Incoming US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is determined to avoid gutting the American military despite the prospect of difficult budget decisions looming, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday.

“He (Panetta) believes that it is a false choice between fiscal responsibility and national security,” spokesman Douglas Wilson told reporters.

Amid mounting fiscal pressure, the defense budget “will be an important item on his agenda,” Wilson said.

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