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In almost a year on the job, Hagel has yet to leave his mark on the institution or its finances, critics say. What's more, his seeming opposition to automatic budget cuts brokered in part by the Obama administration has left some wondering whether the onetime squad leader has fallen under the sway of the military's top brass.
The Pentagon said the 2014 Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH, rates will take effect Jan. 1 and remain in place for the rest of the year regardless of the debate in Washington, D.C., over the federal budget and calls to curb military personnel costs.
Despite the budget crunch that has paralyzed most military modernization programs, Air Force leaders are talking about developing the sixth generation fighter jet as well as a new cargo plane that would replace the C-130 and C-17.