A Battle for Military Bucks

For the first time since 9/11, the U.S. military is feeling a different sort of pressure at home: a money crunch. Despite ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Congress has been slow to approve defense funds, even for the Army and Marines, which have borne the brunt of the fighting. That has left the Pentagon with a huge deficit--even though a 40% hike in its budget since 9/11 has swelled its yearly funding to nearly half a trillion dollars.

The crunch's cost is evident at installations like the Red River Army Depot in Texas, where hundreds of humvees sit in disrepair,...

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