DOD to Offer Sneak Peek at Budget

November 30, 2011

Senior Pentagon officials are likely to give lawmakers an early peek at the military's 2013 budget plan in an attempt to control the political backlash over the spending cuts it contains, Defense sources told The Hill.

Officials are likely to brief key lawmakers before February about a soup-to-nuts strategy review and the shrunken 2013 spending plan, sources said. 

The early briefing was a tactic used infamously in 2009 by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates to minimize the fallout from a budget that terminated or made significant changes to around 50 weapons programs. 

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