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Hagel defends military cutbacks

Says laws have forced reduction

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defended President Obama’s proposed cuts to the military on Thursday as the best approach as the Pentagon grapples with smaller, deficit-driven budgets.

Dismissing a suggestion that he was Obama’s hired gun to slash the defense budget, Hagel told the House Armed Services Committee that the significant reductions in projected spending was the law long before he took over at the Pentagon six weeks ago.

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