The sweeping changes to the US military announced recently by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are the most public recognition yet of the painful financial legacy left by Iraq and Afghanistan. The wartime culture of “endless money” as his predecessor Robert Gates dubbed it, with its endless “emergency” funding from Congress, is finally over.
Bilmes, Linda J. "Boots on the Budget: Personnel Costs Need to be Part of the Equation for Military Cuts." Boston Globe, March 22, 2014.