Pentagon-Budget Cuts

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The Pentagon is considering cutting weapons programs by $15 billion to help pay for the war in Iraq.

The proposed cuts would be to aircraft, shipbuilding and other weapons purchases. However, the idea could be very unpopular on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress would probably object to cutting programs that pour millions of dollars and thousands of jobs into local economies.

Defense analysts say any reductions could hamper efforts to replace outdated Cold War-era weapons and equipment worn out in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Republican Senator John Cornyn calls cuts to programs like the F/A-22 Raptor fighter or the Joint Strike Figher "shortsighted."

11/05/05