Defense Budgets

November 16, 2011 - 4:15 AM
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on security issues relating to Iraq. Debate over Pentagon spending cuts is heating up as a bipartisan congressional panel tries to come up with a plan to cut the federal deficit. The Pentagon says that if Congress’ so-called supercommittee fails to meet a Nov. 23 deadline for a debt plan, it will trigger spending cuts that would endanger national security, invite aggression and devastate Defense Department operations. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)