Defense Spending

Pentagon to Release 2014 Budget Plan Wednesday

Thanks to budgeting battle, expect it to be extremely confusing

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Pentagon budget rollouts are always part fact, part fiction, with dollops of gimmickry to illuminate — as well as obfuscate.

Here's your guide to what you need to know come April 10, when the Defense Department is slated to release its 2014 budget proposal.

Addressing the tricks of the trade can give the public a more-informed view of the new budget and how it compares to the past and the future.