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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The House appeared to be working toward a deal Monday on a short-term continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown Wednesday while preparing contingencies to make sure that the troops continue to get paid in the event that negotiations break down. A spokesman for Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Tex., chairman of the House Armed Services Comm... more
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter echoed the warnings Wednesday of Air Force leaders who have described projected budget cuts as devastating to a service that was already operating at the "ragged edge" of readiness. "With only 14 days remaining in this fiscal year, Congress has yet to pass appropriations bills that will appropriately fund the... more
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the U.S. military must overcome budget caps, embrace new technology and update its personnel system to remain the world's strongest fighting force. "We are the best. But to stay the best, we have to embrace change. And that has several dimensions," he said during a speech Tuesday at an American Legion co... more
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