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The defense implosion (II): Congress eyes trimming military retirement pay

I’ve decided to start a new running series on this blog, about how the defense budget will be cut. I am doing this because I suspect that slashing Pentagon spending will be a major running story in the coming years, perhaps even dominating the national security discussion. Even so, I am surprised that military retirement ...

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I've decided to start a new running series on this blog, about how the defense budget will be cut. I am doing this because I suspect that slashing Pentagon spending will be a major running story in the coming years, perhaps even dominating the national security discussion.

Even so, I am surprised that military retirement pay is one of the first things getting eyed. I've seen this movie before: Thanks, vets! Now get lost!  

For those of you keeping score at home, consider this item the other day the first installment in this new series.

I’ve decided to start a new running series on this blog, about how the defense budget will be cut. I am doing this because I suspect that slashing Pentagon spending will be a major running story in the coming years, perhaps even dominating the national security discussion.

Even so, I am surprised that military retirement pay is one of the first things getting eyed. I’ve seen this movie before: Thanks, vets! Now get lost!  

For those of you keeping score at home, consider this item the other day the first installment in this new series.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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