Officials: 2013 spending plan could be unveiled this month

That would be before the end of January. It is formally due to Congress in early February

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The 2013 spending plan will be the first that enacts the first wave of a $350 billion funding cut over a decade. The Pentagon says that will equal a $487 billion reduction to planned spending.

Defense-minded lawmakers, aides, executives and consultants are eagerly awaiting details of what weapon programs and troops the administration will propose cutting to meet the budget-shrinking goals.