Pentagon expects 1 pct real growth in next budget

WASHINGTON Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:11pm BST

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WASHINGTON Aug 25 (Reuters) - The Pentagon's chief financial officer forecast the White House would seek real growth of about 1 percent in the next Defense Department budget, despite growing calls for cuts.

"I expect there will be some modest growth in the budget," Robert Hale, the department's comptroller, said in a telephone conference with reporters on Wednesday. "We've asked for about 1 per cent for the top line above inflation -- and I think we have a shot at getting that." (Reporting by Jim Wolf; Editing by John Wallace)