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Pentagon earmarks 17.5 bln dollars for secret military research, development
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08:09, August 31, 2007

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The Pentagon is expected to spend 17.5 billion U.S. dollars in secret military research and development programs in the next fiscal year starting Oct. 1, the Defense News reported on Thursday.

The expenditure will mark the Pentagon's largest outlay in such secret programs to date, according to the report.

In all, the secret programs will comprise 23 percent of the 75.1 billion dollars the Pentagon plans to spend on all research and development projects in the fiscal year 2008.

Spending on secret research and development is only part of the "black budget" the Pentagon has requested for 2008.

The military also wants 14.4 billion dollars for buying classified weapons and other equipment.

Source: Xinhua

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