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Military issues on Bush agenda

From John King
CNN Washington Bureau

CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- President Bush's top national security advisers plan to meet Wednesday at his Texas ranch to discuss military reforms and missile defense.

Iraq is not on the official meeting agenda, though officials said it generally is the topic of at least brief discussion at such sessions.

Those due to attend the Wednesday session include Vice President Dick Cheney, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan compared the ranch meeting to one last summer, at which Rumsfeld briefed Bush on ongoing efforts to streamline Pentagon management and reform the military services.

The efforts were aimed at meeting the administration's goal of a more flexible force structure that took advantage of the latest technology and could be deployed more rapidly.

Missile defense is another issue on the agenda, as the administration continues its plans for an anti-ballistic missile system and discusses Rumsfeld's concerns about the spread of cruise missile technology.




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