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Mullen Says Budget Cuts Won't Affect War Operations (Video)

The debt-ceiling deal struck between President Obama and congressional leaders calls for $350 billion in cuts to the defense budget, according to the Military Times. As Home Post has reported over the last several weeks, concerns about lawmakers not reaching a debt-ceiling agreement (and thus stopping military paychecks) was a major concern for military families. The fact that a tentative agreement seems to have been reached is alleviating some of those concerns, although the troops in Afghanistan are still worried budget cuts could translate into servicemembers not getting what they need to fight properly, as reported by the Pentagon Channel. Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen visited Marines at Camp Leatherneck this weekend, and tried to ease troops' concerns: