LAT: Controversy over Pentagon's war-spending plan
Controversy over Pentagon's war-spending plan
By Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel
The emergency request of at least $127 billion is criticized as a wish list. The military cites a big need to buy equipment.
The story has this:
The next request stands to be larger partly because of new rules laid out in an Oct. 25 memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England. Rather than strictly limiting spending to Iraq and Afghanistan costs, the memo said the military services could include costs associated with operations that are part of the larger war on terrorism.
Previously, the military portion of the supplemental spending measures has been used almost exclusively for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. England's memo would allow the military to include a greater number of expenses more loosely tied to the actual wars, such as new military weapons systems and training exercises.
Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Nov 29, 2006 at 12:15 PM