Sequestration is part of the Budget Control Act that mandates $1.2 trillion in cuts across federal agencies to include $500 million to the military over the next decade. Congress wrote sequestration into legislation to provide motivation for Congress to agree to a deficit reduction plan to replace the federal spending cuts. When they failed to reach such an agreement, sequestration was triggered on March 1.
The sequester will stretch across all four services of the military to include family programs. Only pay and the Department of Veterans Affairs have been exempted by President Obama from the cuts associated with sequestration. Military leaders have little flexibility in applying the cuts because the law mandates the Defense Department absorb a 9 percent cut across all programs.
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Sequestration had a broad impact on the Defense Department, hurting combat readiness while increasing or deferring the cost of some weapons programs, a government watchdog agency said. A Government Accountability Office report released this week found $37.2 billion in defense spending cuts that began in March 2013 hit the operations and mainten... more
The chief of the Air Force Reserve and the director of the Air National Guard (ANG) recently testified alongside the other services' Reserve chiefs and Guard directors before the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense. With the threat of sequestration-level funding looming, both Air Force Reserve Chief Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson ... more
The top civilian at the Defense Department slammed Republican lawmakers' plan to use emergency war funding to get around spending caps on the base defense budget. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter criticized the idea as a "road to nowhere" in testimony on Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee. "While thi... more
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Gordon Sullivan has been around the block a time or two. Enough so that he’s troubled by the Army’s plan for deep force cuts, coupled by the possibility of sequestration-level federal budget reductions in 2016, at a time of increasing global security threats. Sullivan — a retired Army general who as president of the As... more
Navy officials recently testified that the Navy and Marine Corps will be challenged to carry out their parts of the national defense strategy if billions of dollars in sequester-related budget cuts take effect Oct. 1. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert told the Senate Armed Services Committee the service is still recovering from... more