Navy officials recently testified that the Navy and Marine Corps will be challenged to carry out their parts of the national defense strategy if billions of dollars in sequester-related budget cuts take effect Oct. 1. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert told the Senate Armed Services Committee the service is still recovering from a $9 billion shortfall triggered in 2013 by the mandatory across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. Further reductions, he added, would put U.S. Sailor's and Marines' lives at increased risk, and negatively impact military readiness and national security. Testimony from and a video of the hearing are available on the Senate Armed Services Committee website at www.armed-services.senate.gov/hearings/15-03-10-posture-of-the-department-of-the-navy.
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