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Although medical research is outside of the Defense Department's core function, the Pentagon has received federal funding since 1992 for cancer research programs because advocacy groups and grass-roots organizations lobby Congress to sustain their development.

chart tracking Pentagon's cancer research funding

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Article | As the Pentagon seeks to trim spending, there are some programs Congress believes the military can't do without. Among them: cancer research.

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