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

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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

Sequestration Would Cripple U.S. Military Strategy, Hagel Says

If sequestration begins again in fiscal year 2016, the U.S. military will not be able to carry out defense strategy, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee. Story

Budget Uncertainty Challenges Readiness, Official Says

The Defense Department continues to face persisting challenges due to budget uncertainties under sequestration, the Pentagon's acquisitions chief said during a conference about force structure and readiness challenges the Pentagon faces amid a cloud of fiscal uncertainty. Story

Budget Agreement Aids DOD in Addressing Cuts

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bipartisan budget agreement that would ease some of the sequester-caused fiscal pressure on the Department of Defense. Story

 

Air Force's Top Officer Outlines Tough Budget Decisions

With sequestration cemented as law into the foreseeable future, the Air Force's top officer discussed some tough choices the service faces as its leaders try to pare $12 billion from the budget. Story

Corps Commander: Sequestration Bites into Readiness

Strapped for operating funds due to sequestration, the Army's I Corps commander said he is channeling the resources he has where it matters most: into training junior troops and developing future leaders. Story

Pentagon Official Says DOD Needs More BRAC

The Defense Department is again asking Congress to allow it to use the base realignment and closure process to help alleviate the possibility of deep budget cuts. Story

Commissary CEO Shares Sequestration Consequences

The director of the Defense Commissary Agency has detailed to Congress the problems and inadequacies caused by sequestration and October's government shutdown. Story

Comptroller: Instability Affects Readiness, Civilian Workforce

The Defense Department has assumed substantial risk to military readiness and to its civilian workforce because of the long-term instability of the budget process, Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale said. Story

Service Chiefs Testify on Risks of Sequestration

The military's service chiefs told Congress about the impact sequestration is having on the ability to organize, train and equip their service members, as they face the prospect of another year of deep cuts to their budgets. Story

Kendall: Sequestration Will Make Hollow Force Inevitable

Budget cuts imposed by sequestration will leave the Defense Department with a hollow force and debilitating shortfalls, the Pentagon's top acquisitions chief said at a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Story

Pacom Chief: Fiscal Climate Threatens to Hollow Military

Unpredictable funding and the budget sequester are steadily eroding military readiness, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command told American Forces Press Service. Story

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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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