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Department Of Defense Spent $1 Trillion On Weapons Since 9/11

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A US soldier looks at a M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tank during a joint military exercise between South Korea and the US at the US Army's Rodriguez Live Firing Range in Pocheon, about 46 km northeast of Seoul and about 15 km south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, on September 1, 2011. The Korean peninsula is the world's last Cold War frontier as Stalinst North Korea and pro-Western South Korea have been technically at war since the 1950-53. AFP PHOTO / PARK JI-HWAN | Getty Images

Capitol Hill conservatives and Pentagon brass fighting cuts to defense spending have argued that the military is limping off the battlefield with decrepit hardware. It's quite the sob story: At a hearing last week, Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), the chair of the House armed services committee, cut his remarks short to literally sob for "these young men that are going outside the wire over in Afghanistan, every day on patrol."

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