State of the Union-Defense Budget

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

When President Bush delivers his State of the Union Address tomorrow night, he's expected to tout successes in fighting the war on terror.

The defense budget which will be made public next week makes some major funding adjustments in line with that.

Pentagon officials say there will be an increased emphasis on intelligence-gathering and a significant increase in the size of special forces.

Since Nine-Eleven, special forces ranks have swelled by tens of thousands of troops. Officials say their mobility and special skills have helped greatly in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The budget proposal reportedly cuts the rate of growth in the ranks of the Army and cuts the optimum size of the Army Reserves.


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