The Pentagon should begin tackling the factors that drive up spending and start planning for sequestration cuts, defense analysts say, rather than hoping Congress will reverse the sequester. The Defense Department must work to contain and shrink the climbing costs of acquisition, payroll and overhead, they say. "The reality is they need to start planning for this staying in effect, and even if they start right now it's a little too late," said Todd Harrison, a defense budget analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

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