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Obama Avoids Foreign Base Cuts

March 8, 2009

Within his record $3.6 trillion budget, President Barack Obama has included a slight increase in funding for the Pentagon when compared with George W. Bush's budget of 2009.

Though the specific details won't be released until April, Obama has promised to increase troop recruitment while cutting "Cold War" weapons programs. But as the White House undergoes a reassessment of military priorities, there is little discussion about the future of the country's vast network of foreign military bases.

(The story summary continues below.)

Military expert Miriam Pemberton says the base network includes roughly 1,000 bases at a cost of $100 billion per year. is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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