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1)Japan's 241,000-member military, thogh smaller than those of its neighbors, is considered Asia's most sophiscated. Though flat, its $40 billion military budget has ranked among the world's top five in recent years.

What does Though flat mean??

2)More recently, the official who was supervising detention policies for Rumsfeld publicly urged corporations to boycott law firms that had the effrontery of providing the bare-bones representation permitted to the inmates of the detention camp at Guant√°namo Bay in Cuba.

What does the bare-bones mean??

amd could you explain the background of this sentence??
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"Though flat" - without more information, it most likely means that the budget has not been changed for several years.

"the bare-bones" = the minimum permissible
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Feebs11"Though flat" - without more information, it most likely means that the budget has not been changed for several years.

"the bare-bones" = the minimum permissible
I couldn't come up with a possibility for its meaning. This suggestion seems sound.
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though flat - although not increasing (or decreasing)
bare-bones - absolutely basic, minimum, no-frills

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