Hagel Considers Increasing OCO Budget Request As Global Contingencies Heat Up

By Tony Bertuca / September 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week acknowledged the Pentagon's overseas contingency operations budget is poised to expand in the coming months as the U.S. military is increasingly faced with new expenses related to combating violent extremism in Iraq and fighting Ebola in Africa. Hagel, who testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, pointed out that the OCO budget has been decreasing in recent years in line with the drawdown in Afghanistan, but highlighted the Ebola outbreak and the...

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