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Unwanted gear

Idle aircraft and pricey ship deployments underscore the contradictions and conflicts as Congress orders the Pentagon to slash $487 billion in spending over the next 10 years and another $41 billion in the next six months. Yet, at the same time, lawmakers are forcing the services to keep ships, aircraft, military bases, retiree benefits and other programs that defense leaders insist they don’t want, can’t afford or simply won’t be able to use.

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A C-5A military transport aircraft is worked on at Lackland Air Force Base in San ...

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Master Chief Petty Officer Donnie, Novak of Chesapeake, Va., looks out from the bridge aboard ...

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The USS Anzio sits at pierside at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va. The Anzio ...

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