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Arms and the Super Committee

• William Hartung, Huff Post

As the Congressional super committee moves towards its deadline for developing a deficit reduction plan, we need to make sure that its decisions reflect the national interest, not special interests. If there is to be a deal at all, it should include substantial reductions in military spending. That will mean standing up to the arms industry, which is doing everything in its power to keep the committee from including Pentagon spending cuts in its deficit reduction package. While recent press coverage has focused on the committee's wrangling over revenues and entitlements, the discussion should also focus on reductions in the Pentagon's spending plans.

Military contractors have billions at stake in the battle of the budget. In recent years military spending has reached its highest levels since World War II. 

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