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Sequestration: Across-The-Board Budget Cuts Could Threaten National Security

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Sequester Degrades Navy, Marine Corps Readiness, Officials Say

Funding cuts triggered by the 2011 Budget Control Act have negatively impacted Navy and Marine Corps readiness, leaving sailors and Marines inadequately prepared to fight and increasing the dangers to them if they do, the chief of naval operations told Congress. Story

Air Force Secretary: Sequestration Harms Readiness

The Air Force's readiness edge could slip away if sequestration is not lifted permanently, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told members of a Senate panel at a fiscal year 2016 defense appropriations hearing. Story

Army Secretary Details Sequestration Dangers

If sequestration spending cuts trigger this year, it will affect every person and mission the U.S. Army has, Army Secretary John M. McHugh said at a Defense Writer's Group breakfast. Story

Air Force Seeks $10 Billion Over Sequestration Funding

The demand for Air Force capabilities is increasing, therefore the service is requesting $10 billion more than sequestration-level funding provides, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said. Story

Sequestration Casts Shadow on Shrinking, Aging Air Force Fleet

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 in remarks at the Senate Armed Services Committee. Story

Kendall: Sequestration Will Harm U.S. Military Superiority

The severe, multiyear budget cuts of sequestration will have a negative impact on the Defense Department and U.S. military technological superiority, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall told a congressional panel. Story

Greenert Explains Value of Presence, Danger of Cuts

Presence remains the mandate of the Navy and the service must operate forward “when and where it matters,” the chief naval officer testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Story

Marine Corps Commandant Highlights Sequestration's Impact

While the Marine Corps can meet Defense Department Strategic Guidance requirements, there is no margin, and even absent sequestration the service will need recovery years following a decade of war, the service’s commandant testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Story


Odierno: Sequestration Threatens Army Readiness

With sequestration looming in the 2016 budget, the Army chief of staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the national security environment is the most uncertain he’s seen in his nearly 40 years of service. Story

Dempsey: Sequestration is "Absolutely Crazy"

Sequestration is "absolutely crazy," will hurt national security and make it impossible for the United States to meet its global commitments, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Story

Work Explains Strategy Behind Innovation Initiative

The Defense Innovation Initiative will help to develop more innovative leaders and identify new operational concepts, but sequestration is still "a problem we need to address as a nation," Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said. Story

Kendall Appeals to Congress to Drop Sequestration

The undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics again called on Congress to eliminate the threat of another budget sequester. Story

General: Sequestration Chips Away at Readiness

Sequestration spending cuts seriously undermine the military's readiness and ability to respond to future contingencies, says Army Gen. Dennis L. Via. Story

DOD Releases Report on Estimated Sequestration Impacts

Defense Department officials released a report that documents the cuts to military forces, modernization and readiness that will be required if defense budgets are held at sequester-levels in the years beyond fiscal year 2015. Story

Army: Funds Fall Short to Restore Lost Readiness

While last year's bipartisan budget act restored some fiscal year 2014 funding to the Army, helping to restore readiness, the funds were not sufficient to bring back capabilities lost during a decade of counterinsurgency operations and through sequestration, the Army's vice chief of staff told a House panel. Story

Sea Service Chiefs: Sequestration Could Affect Navy Ships

The need for more Navy ships despite the scheduled return to sequestration-level spending cuts in fiscal year 2016 resonated at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Exposition. Story


Video: Gen. Dempsey discusses sequestration during first week of civilian furloughsl

Dempsey on sequestration during first week of civilian furloughs

Video: Secretary of Defense Town Hall

Secretary of Defense Town Hall

Video: Defense Leaders Brief Press on Civilian Furloughs: Civilian furloughs would not begin until late April if sequestration takes effect.

Defense Leaders Brief Press on Civilian Furloughs

Video: Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, held an all-hands call at Fleet Activities Yokosuka to discuss the current fiscal challenges facing the DoD, including the threat of sequestration.

Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, held an all-hands call

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