WHY THE PENTAGON GETS A FREE RIDE

AS THE BUDGET KNIFE CUTS DEEP, DEFESNE IS SPARED BECAUSE OF A DUBIOUS TWO-WARS-AT-ONCE DOCTRINE

It was as if the Berlin Wall had never come down. Last week the House National Security Committee force-fed the Pentagon $553 million to start building more B-2 bombers, whose original mission was to wage nuclear war against the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, the Senate endorsed a budget blueprint, including a $1.5 billion payment on the Navy's third Seawolf attack submarine, which was created to track and destroy the Soviet navy, and is now rusting at pier side. And the Army's first rah-66 Comanche helicopter-designed to defeat Moscow's Hokum helicopter-rolled out of a Connecticut factory attended by bunting, a military band and...

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