Military Leaders Warn Against Further Budget Cuts

Officials say another round of sequestration cuts could endanger troops.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert on Thursday testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee. He said budget pressures make him very concerned about a funding shortfall for the SSBN(X) Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine effort.
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Jordain Carney
Nov. 8, 2013, 5:47 a.m.

Mil­it­ary of­fi­cials warned mem­bers of the Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee on Thursday that fur­ther se­quest­ra­tion cuts would mean a re­duc­tion in the read­i­ness of fu­ture troops and a pos­sible in­crease in cas­u­al­ties, the Army Times re­ports.

“We are headed to­ward a force in not too many years that will be hol­low back home and not ready to de­ploy,” Mar­ine Com­mand­ant James Amos said. “And if they do de­ploy, they will enter harm’s way; we’ll end up with more cas­u­al­ties.”

His sen­ti­ment was echoed by Army Chief of Staff Ray Odi­erno, Adm. Jonath­an Green­ert, the chief of nav­al op­er­a­tions; and Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh. Each said their re­spect­ive branch of the mil­it­ary would have to de­crease its en­roll­ment num­bers. They also ex­pressed con­cern about not meet­ing the 2012 De­fense De­part­ment’s stra­tegic guid­ance.

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