DOD insists sequester dangerous

DOD insists sequester dangerous

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liBeRALs

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Mar 3, 2013
By PHILIP EWING | 3/2/13 3:56 PM EST
The military didn’t lurch to a stop on Friday, but the onset of sequestration has already begun to gum up the works in the Pentagon, Defense officials warned — threatening popular programs and national security readiness around the world.

The Navy is standing down four of its air wings, with the first set to go idle next month, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. The service has already begun canceling performances by its popular Blue Angels flight demonstration team. Ditto for the Air Force’s Thunderbirds.

“This progressively builds over coming months and constitutes as serious problem, particularly in the readiness accounts,” said Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
The Army will “curtail” training for all units except those bound for Afghanistan, meaning a readiness hit for about 80 percent of the active force. And the Pentagon will soon give notices to thousands of employees expected to be furloughed in early April.

o even though sequestration didn’t fall like the guillotine to which it was sometimes likened, its effects will become clear all too soon, Carter warned.
“Right at midnight tonight, and then building through the days, weeks and months into the future, we’ll begin curbing training,” Carter said Friday afternoon.“All of this will be abundantly obvious, starting tomorrow and then building through the year. This will not be subtle.”
The mechanism of U.S. military is enormous, with a complicated support network behind every soldier serving in Afghanistan, to take one example. The soldier needs bullets, food, armor, vehicles and fuel; he needs a soldier training now to take his place next year; he needs care and support when he gets home after his tour; he needs to know his family at home is safe, clothed, fed and educated.
Sequestration — and March’s other military budget crisis, over the temporary continuing resolution that funds the government — damages this underlying clockwork even as it exempts the budget accounts that fund the war and the U.S. nuclear mission. All of it risks what the Joint Chiefs of Staff have called a “readiness crisis” later this year.

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Ralph

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Mar 3, 2013
Libertards will support Military standdowns.
liBeRALs

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Mar 3, 2013
I will. The US doesn't need to be the world's policeman.
Ralph

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Mar 3, 2013
liBeRALs wrote:
I will. The US doesn't need to be the world's policeman.
So why judge my post negativly?
LIbEralS

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Mar 3, 2013
liBeRALs wrote:
I will. The US doesn't need to be the world's policeman.
Then what are you whining about?
liBeRALs

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Mar 4, 2013
Let's cloce all our airbases in Gernmany - how much would that save?

Who are we protecting the Germans against anyway and why can't they protect themselves?

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