Military cost-cutting reviewed

Budget reductions continue for the Pentagon. The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee, approved a 2012 budget of $513 billion, but cut $1.6 billion from the Pentagon’s previous $12.8 billion request for the Afghan training mission. It also cut another $5 billion for other Afghan war line items. Pentagon spokesman George Little said no decisions about future spending on Afghan training have been made, but he said that the expectation is that spending could be reduced.