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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In the face of continual budget cuts and shrinking end strength, Army Gen. Ray Odierno has been a persistent voice in stressing the "indispensable" role of the soldier during his time as chief of staff. Odierno is leaving his post as the Army's top officer with a barrage of warnings on the risks to the nation of continuing cuts to the regul... more
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE -- Threatening thunderstorms that caused the cancellation of the popular Freedom's Call Tattoo in June turned into a costly washout for both taxpayers and sponsors, reaching a tab of $98,000 according to Air Force figures. In past years, the decade-old celebration has attracted as many as 50,000 people to the gr... more
WATERTOWN -- In the service for only seven months, Pvt. Joel Ceniseros was relieved to hear that Fort Drum dodged a bullet last week. Projected to possibly lose as many as 4,000 soldiers as part of a nationwide reduction in the size of the Army, the base will instead lose only 28. The cuts are part of an effort to reduce the Army from about 490... more
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield troops Friday that reducing the Army to 450,000 troops was the only way to ensure that the future force will be well-paid, equipped and ready under current budget constraints. Carter also signaled that he favored extending the Navy's recently announced policy of 18 weeks... more
The U.S. Army on Thursday detailed plans to shed tens of thousands of soldiers at bases around the world over the next few years. The service plans to cut its active-duty force by another 40,000 soldiers from about 490,000 soldiers today to approximately 450,000 soldiers by fiscal 2018 in a massive restructuring largely driven by automatic s... more