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Published on Sep 23, 2011
The US defense budget has grown since the year 2000 by 86%, and for the fiscal year 2011 the government has requested 708 billion dollars for the Department of Defense. The debt deal that was signed in early August has already chipped away at military spending, cutting 350 billion from the Pentagon which is a start. But, if the appointed super committee can't come up an additional 1.5 trillion total in spending cuts, then the defense budget becomes a target again, with another 600 billion in cuts as part of the "trigger" mechanism.