Readiness funding will be short by nearly $20 billion next year, largely because the Republican-controlled Congress has not closed enough military bases and has indulged in billions of dollars of pork barrel projects the Pentagon does not want, the Joint Chiefs of Staff charged last week. In fact, the readiness shortfall probably exceeds $20 billion because it does not reflect needed pay and retirement increases for Fiscal 2000, which starts next Oct. 1, the JCS told Congress. ...

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