Bush's Defense Request Nears Historic Highs

The Bush administration is expected to ask for a defense budget of $481 billion - near historic highs. It will also ask for additional funding for Iraq and Afghanistan, taking the cost of those conflicts this year to close to $165 billion, and will present estimates for next year's costs that will push war spending above the total cost of Vietnam. But if the military's top officers have their way, today's proposal may be only a precursor to a future of even larger defense budgets.

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