Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faces an uphill battle in tackling the military’s budget problems.

In his first month as Defense secretary, Hagel has called for a review of the military’s strategy and said it was time for “big choices” on the budget.

He said all options should be on the table, and focused not on cuts to the Pentagon’s overall budget, but on the way the money is being spent.

“The biggest long-term fiscal challenge facing the department is not the flat or declining top-line budget, it is the growing imbalance in where that money is being spent internally,” Hagel said.

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