Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is warning of sharply deeper cuts to personnel, health care and weapons systems across his department, in order to put the brakes on spiraling costs and reshape the military for leaner budgets and new challenges.
Hagel said Wednesday that escalating spending to maintain benefits, existing military structures and replacements for aging weapons programs are devouring funding needed for critical operations, training and equipment.
Hagel was speaking at the National Defense University at Fort McNair.
- reported by The Associated Press
Thursday, July 31, 2014, Watertown, NY