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 -- During testimony on Capitol Hill Jan. 28, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III stressed the negative impact sequestration will have on future Air Force capabilities, emphasizing further budget cuts will lead to low morale and declined readiness in the Air Force. “Pilots sitting in a squadron looking out at their airplan... more
WASHINGTON -- Today's Air Force is not only smaller, but its diminutive fleet is older than it has ever been, the service's chief of staff said Jan. 28 in remarks at the Senate Armed Services Committee. Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III reported to Congress that the challenge to modernize won't be easy, and will require accepting prudent operati... more
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law. Obama's budget proposal to Congress will "fully reverse" the so-called seques... more
FORT IRWIN, Calif. -- After a decade of counterinsurgency, the Army is trying to retrain the force to fight other types of conflicts. But budget cuts threaten that effort. Sequestration is looming at a time when Pentagon officials are concerned that the Army's conventional warfighting skills have atrophied while the force has been fighting insu... more
The Defense Department is poised to announce the shuttering of Fort Campbell, Kentucky's, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, according to Congress. The long anticipated closing means Fort Campbell will lose about 2,400 soldiers. "We are deeply disappointed by the Obama administration's decision to remove the 159th CAB from Fort Campbell," Ken... more