The war in Iraq is over. The one in Afghanistan will wrap up by the end of this year. But this week’s news from the Pentagon is about the perennial war they fight each year — the one for dollars, equipment and bases. This time, the military is proposing cuts, at least on paper, that may change how and when reporters cover the military.
In his response Monday to questions from the press, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said, “For the first time in 13 years we will be presenting a budget to the Congress of the United States that’s not a war-footing budget. That’s a defining budget because it starts to reset and reshape.”
Military journalists have known for some time this was coming, and their news organizations have adjusted their coverage of the military from a war-oriented one to barely a mention.
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