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DOD: Shutdown cost Pentagon nearly $600 million

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Pentagon Comptroller Bob Hale said the Pentagon's losses could go higher due to costs "that can't [yet] be quantified" until all Pentagon operations are back up and running at full speed.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, meanwhile, slammed Congress for the disruption and uncertainty heaped onto the department's civilian corps during the shutdown

"We cannot continue to keep doing this to our people," Hagel said, noting the back-to-back furloughs the Pentagon initiated as a result of sequestration and the shutdown.

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