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Pentagon Signals an End to Cuts for Military Pay and Benefits

“Many of these proposals have gone as far as they are going to go,” said Katherine Blakeley, a military budget expert with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. “People are not going to be as vigorous in advancing personnel reforms as they’ve been in previous years, partly because it's an election year and partly because a lot of these things have been tackled in some way already,” she said. Blakeley also noted the Pentagon's recent decision to open all combat jobs to women. "That will be a big change for people to digest," she said, and may drain some of Washington's will for new compensation reforms.

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