'DANGEROUS AND UPREDICTABLE': Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Henry H. Shelton says he doesn't see the upward turn in the Pentagon's procurement budget "as a one-time blip on the screen." It was up last year after 14 years of decline, and the Dept. of Defense is seeking $60 billion for fiscal year 2001. "Things are moving in the right direction," Shelton says. "We've reached a point where we've got to recapitalize, we've got to put money back into the force so we can be prepared ...

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