Obama war request cuts DoD budget by 26 percent

The Obama administration wants to cut another 26 percent out of this year’s war budget by reducing the number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pentagon officials tell Bloomberg News that the administration will cut the Pentagon’s war budget by $42 billion. That translates into a proposed $117 billion war budget for fiscal 2012. That would mark the lowest expenditure for the wars since fiscal 2005.

Defense budget analysts say the decrease reflects the President’s plan to reduce troop levels in the war zones – as well as stricter White House rules on what costs can be included in the war budget. They reportedly say it also probably means the Administration wants to start reducing troops levels in Afghanistan during fiscal 2012.

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