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March 2, 2013

Hagel: budget cuts won’t erode U.S. military power

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WASHINGTON —

Ashton Carter, the deputy defense secretary, said the Pentagon is doing all it can to prevent a drastic curtailment of troop training. But he said that will prove harder if the administration and the Congress are unable to strike a budget deal soon.

“(For) those who do not appreciate how serious this is, as the year goes on, it will be unmistakable,” Carter said. “This is not subtle.”

The defense spending cuts will hit some states harder than others.

Carter sent warning letters to the governors of 10 states that will be most severely impacted: Virginia, Texas, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, California, Maryland, Ohio, Alabama and Washington.

The letters lay out in stark terms the number of civilian defense workers in each state who will face unpaid furloughs and the cutbacks that will hurt local bases and defense contractors. Copies of the letters were provided to The Associated Press on Friday.

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