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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Military.com | Dec 04, 2013
A historically unproductive Congress is running out of days this calendar year to approve the defense budget. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., initially wanted to pass the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act before Thanksgiving. The House has already approved its version of the legislation, which sets policy goals and spending... more
Associated Press | Nov 29, 2013
WASHINGTON - Warnings from defense officials and some experts are mounting and becoming more dire: The nation's military is being hobbled by budget cuts. "You'd better hope we never have a war again," the House Armed Services Committee chairman, Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., said of the decline in what the military calls its readiness. ... more
American Forces Press Service | Nov 26, 2013
GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. – The Air Force must control the growth of pay and benefits or the service will be hard pressed to perform its primary mission to fight and win America’s wars, the service’s top officer said here Nov. 25. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said pay, benefits and medical costs constitute about half o... more
Associated Press | Nov 25, 2013
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- The skies above Shaw Air Force Base in central South Carolina and the fields across Fort Campbell on the Tennessee-Kentucky line have been a bit quieter in recent months. Budget cuts to the military have forced installations around the country to alter training exercises and daily routines to save money. For airmen and pil... more
Stars and Stripes | Nov 20, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Senate began debating a 2014 defense bill this week by taking aim at possible controversial amendments on federal spending cuts and the prosecution of sexual assaults in the military. The most recent development by midday Tuesday was the rare spectacle of nine of the Senate’s 20 women, Democrats and Republicans alike, taking t... more