April 14, 2011

The United States would have to abandon some military missions and trim troop levels if President Barack Obama presses ahead with new proposed defense cuts, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Obama announced a goal of saving $400 billion on security spending by 2023 as part of a larger objective of cutting the U.S. budget deficit by $4 trillion.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a holdover from the Republican Bush administration who is expected to step down later this year, has warned repeatedly in the past against further deep cuts in defense spending.

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