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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the greatest financial threat to the Pentagon isn’t budget cuts but rather the “unchecked, spiraling costs” of new weapons and personnel benefits. He warned of sharply deeper cuts to personnel, health care and weapons systems across his department.

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Pentagon struggles with high cost of health care

The loud, insistent calls in Washington to rein in the rising costs of Social Security and Medicare ignore a major and expensive entitlement program — the military’s health care system.

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