Does debt panel need bigger Pentagon chopping block?

Tuesday - 8/16/2011, 9:39am EDT

Jim McAleese, founder and principal, McAleese and Associates

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The deal to raise the debt limit will also shave more than $300 billion from the Defense Department's budget in the coming years.

And for such a once-sacred line item as defense, experts say the number of cuts could even grow, depending on what the super committee, tasked with finding an additional $1.5 trillion in deficit savings, does in the next couple of months.

Defense expert Jim McAleese, of McAleese and Associates, has been following the numbers. He joined the Federal Drive to discuss what cuts could be in store for DoD and how that will affect Pentagon procurement which, even before the debt ceiling, was on track for a slowdown.

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