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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WASHINGTON -- A bill to secure the funding of veterans' services in a time of uncertain federal budgets won an initial legislative victory on Capitol Hill this week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will call a vote before the end of the year on the Putting Veterans Funding First Act. Reid announced this in a letter sent Tuesd... more
The U.S. Army's top officer spoke in his strongest terms yet about the harmful effects of automatic budget cuts on the military. In comments that seemed directed more at lawmakers than soldiers, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said the service faces significant long-term challenges because of across-the-board spending reductions kn... more
The rising national-security threats posed by Islamic militants and the Russian military raise fresh doubts about the U.S. Army's plans to downsize, the service's top general said. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno on Monday suggested proposals to decrease the size of the active-duty force due largely to automatic budget cuts and an ... more
The Army's top officer said his service needs to re-evaluate why black officers are not choosing careers in the combat arms, which has left those soldiers vulnerable in the ongoing drawdown. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said service officials have recognized the low percentage of black officers serving in infantry, armor and fie... more
WASHINGTON -- More soldiers could learn while in Afghanistan that they are being forced out of the military, the Army's top officer said Friday. Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno discussed the cuts with reporters Friday at a breakfast in Washington. The notifications, part of an effort to rapidly shrink the size of the ground forces, have d... more