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At 9/11 anniversary event, ex-Defense Secretary Gates says more defense cuts would threaten US
DENTON, Texas (AP) ' Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the $400 billion in cuts that the Pentagon is facing over the next 10 years should be manageable. But anything more would threaten national security.
Some lawmakers have suggested doubling those budget cuts, which Gates says would have a "catastrophic effect." He warned that the U.S. "must not diminish its ability to reply to threats."
Gates discussed the cuts in a wide-ranging speech Wednesday night at the University of Texas in Denton as part of the school's events commemorating the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.
Gates, the former director of the CIA, says there was an understanding of a terrorist threat but no urgency in the years leading up to the attacks, as budget cuts and no increases hurt the intelligence community.