January 23, 2013 5:42 pm

The US defence budget dilemma

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As President Barack Obama begins his second term in office, the US budget remains in crisis. Tough decisions will have to be made and cuts to defence and security spending could reach $1.2tn over the coming decade.

In this explainer, Carola Hoyos examines the choices that Congress will face and the arguments for and against cutting different areas of the defence budget.

Photo credits: AFP, Reuters, Getty Images, AP, Bloomberg, EPA

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