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The Pentagon: Hard times, hard choices

If the bipartisan congressional super committee fails to reach a deal, the Pentagon budget will automatically be cut by 500 billion dollars over ten years. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a longtime Democratic congressman,¬† called the potential cuts “very dangerous.”

But some insist big Pentagon cuts are long overdue. To hear that side of the argument, we recently brought together three military experts, all of whom have been strongly critical of the way the Pentagon spends money. Winslow Wheeler has advised Democrats and Republicans on national security issues for more than three decades. Military reformer Pierre Sprey worked in the Pentagon for 20 years and has helped develop air force warplanes, including the F-16.  Andrew Bacevich is an author and military scholar. He graduated from West Point and served in Vietnam. Former longtime NBC Pentagon correspondent Fred Francis guides the discussion.

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