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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale
The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war.
The Pentagon is not just cutting manpower to reach deficit-reduction targets: Its 2013 budget, released Monday, shows the military will spend less to replace old weapons after two grueling wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Obama administration on Monday announced its request for $676 billion for military and defense programs next year and warned House Republicans that plans to freeze defense spending for this year risks triggering a "crisis."
"The operating costs on the Global Hawk Block 30 have come down," Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told reporters last month. "It was always a close call. Now it comes down in favor of the Global Hawk. We'll keep them and gradually retire the U-2s."
"The department's strategy developed in this budget creates a smaller, lighter, more agile, flexible joint force to conduct a full range of military activities that are necessary to defend U.S. national interests," said Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale.