POLITICS
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Pentagon Fights To Protect Secret Propaganda Budget

Growing by leaps and bounds, the Pentagon's secretive Information Operations budget keeps tripping over some basic information -- like how much it costs.

Just months ago, the Defense Department said it needed $988 million to help win hearts and minds in the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. When the House cut this by half in July, top-level officials landed on Capitol Hill, pleading their case but also making a startling admission: Their budget needs for 2010 are actually $626.2 million -- more than one-third less than first estimated.

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