The Fiscal 2009 U.S. defense budget is indecisive. Midway between the last change of congressional leadership and the next change of administration, with uncertainty about the future of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and with a troubled economic picture, predicting the budget climate in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 is at best inexact. The result, to the frustration of many in Congress, is a budget of hedges and holds. For example: The budget continues to fund the Navy’s ...


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