Pentagon begins planning for cuts

Budget to plunge by $500 billion over decade if ‘cliff’ isn’t avoided

Posted: December 6, 2012 at 5:05 a.m.

The Defense Department has begun planning for the roughly $500 billion in personnel and program cuts over a decade that will be needed if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deal by January to avoid the double hit of tax increases and automatic spending reductions dubbed the “fiscal cliff.” Department spokesman George Little said the cuts would be “devastating to our national defense.”

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Front Section, Pages 7 on 12/06/2012