Hagel Warns of Sequestration Consequences

Defense secretary says budget cuts could change the equal funding given to the branches of the Armed Forces.

Former sen. Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a conformation hear for him to be appointed secretary of defense for the Obama administration. (Chet Susslin)
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Jordain Carney
Nov. 7, 2013, 6:49 a.m.

De­fense Sec­ret­ary Chuck Hagel is sound­ing the alarm about the con­sequences an­oth­er round of se­quest­ra­tion cuts could have on the mil­it­ary, in­clud­ing pos­sibly re­struc­tur­ing how it al­loc­ates its budget.

“We’re chal­len­ging every past as­sump­tion, every past for­mula,” Hagel told The New York Times, warn­ing that the Pentagon’s nearly equal fisc­al al­lot­ment between the Army, Navy, and Air Force could have to change. The Army is con­sidered the most likely to face deep­er budget cuts.

The De­fense De­part­ment is already cut­ting $487 bil­lion over 10 years from its budget un­der the 2011 Budget Con­trol Act. It could be forced to cut an ad­di­tion­al $500 bil­lion over a dec­ade.

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