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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Associated Press | May 18, 2013
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Patty Wagstaff is a Hollywood stunt pilot, three-time U.S. aerobatic champion, inductee to the National Aviation Hall of Fame and favorite on the air show circuit. One of her tricked-out planes is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. But this weekend, she's grounded. Federal budget cuts that eliminate... more
Colorado Springs Gazette | May 18, 2013
Brigades across the Army are beginning to cancel trips to top training grounds -- a prospect that could leave the majority of the troops who are not already overseas unprepared to deploy, the Army's top enlisted soldier said Thursday. Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler discussed the cuts while in town for the Warrior Games. Chandler spent much ... more
Tom Philpott | May 16, 2013
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the furlough of 680,000 civilian employees for one day a week, from early July through September, to avoid taking deeper cuts in training and maintenance, which could have degraded readiness to the point of threatening "core missions," he said. The Department of Defense furlough plan will cut work hours and... more
Military.com | May 10, 2013
With furloughs looming, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter this week paid tribute to the job done by the Pentagon's civilian work force while warning that there soon would be fewer of them doing it. In a series of appearances that fell during Public Service Recognition Week, Carter said the department had yet to come to a decision on how ma... more
Military.com | May 14, 2013
An apologetic Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that about 680,000 of the nearly 800,000 civilian personnel in the Defense Department will be subject to 11 days of furlough before the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30. "I'm sorry I have to come to you today with this," Hagel told a grim-faced audience of DOD workers who w... more