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Topic - Todd Harrison
The Pentagon can absorb the cost of a limited strike on Syria, defense officials and analysts say, but a longer, more involved engagement could collide with financial constraints as the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year approaches.
The Pentagon's most expensive weapons system program ever has taken a key step toward becoming operational, despite cost overruns and scheduling delays that have hampered its production and looming budget cuts that imperil its deployment.
The Pentagon could hold onto its crown jewel weapon systems even though looming automatic federal spending cuts would inflict a $54 billion gash in the 2013 defense budget, military budget analysts say.
The Pentagon could hold on to its crown-jewel weapon systems even though looming automatic federal spending cuts would inflict a $54 billion gash in the 2013 defense budget, military budget analysts say.
Looking at the reality of the budget in a few years, Todd Harrison, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budget Assessments, said, "I think (the increases) are wishful thinking."
Although congressional lawmakers have been unwilling to alter military compensation, the recent budget deal was "a pivotal moment," said Todd Harrison, a defense budget analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.