DoD

July 12, 2013

Dempsey calls on DOD leaders to mitigate sequester effects

WASHINGTON – Sequestration is causing problems in the Defense Department, but military and civilian employees are working together to get through this period, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday.

In a videotaped message to the department posted on his Facebook page, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said that solid leadership at all levels is crucial to meeting the challenges sequestration imposes. Sequestration is set to add $500 billion in budget cuts to the department over 10 years on top of $487 billion in cuts already planned.

He spoke as furloughs kicked in for about 700,000 civilian DoD employees. About 85 percent of them are being furloughed one day a week through the end of the fiscal year, a total of 11 days.

“About 90 days ago, I sent a short video out to the field as the reality of sequestration came upon us – the day it was signed into law,” he said. “I asked you at that time to help us lead our way through this period of uncertainty, and you have.

“I also want to come to you today because it’s the day after some of our civilian teammates began furloughs, an outcome that I find both discouraging and disappointing. But again, I look around and I see that you are leading your way through this.

“My commitment to you is that we’ll do the same here in the Pentagon,” he continued.

Sequestration’s effects are delayed, but they are starting to become apparent – especially in readiness, Dempsey said.

“Those effects will deepen, and they will be difficult to overcome,” the chairman said. “Once again though, it will take solid leadership and communications as we try to understand what we can accomplish and what we cannot.”

Sequestration is illogical, but it is the law, Dempsey said, and the department will, of course, follow it. “We will do the best we can with it,” he said. “We’ll articulate the consequences and we’ll work our way, hopefully, toward a better outcome.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DoD

DOD warns troops, families to be cyber crime smart

WASHINGTON — Defense Department employees and their families should be vigilant when guarding personal and work information from expanding cyber-criminal activity, and to know how to recognize scammer tactics, according to DOD’s chief information officer. Terry Halvorsen issued a DOD-wide memorandum March 18 about the growing threat of cybercrime “phishing” and “spear phishing” in e...
 
 
DoD

Navy: 86th Naval Academy commandant announced

Annapolis, Md. — Col. Stephen Liszewski was recently selected to be the 86th commandant of midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He is an alumni of the Naval Academy Class of 1990. Similar to the dean of students at a civilian university, the commandant is responsible for the day-to-day conduct, military training...
 
 
DoD
U.S. Army photo

Air Force: First AF female general paves way for military women

U.S. Army photo Maj. Gen. Jeanne Holm, pictured here as an Army company commander in 1948, was the first woman to attend the Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in 1949. Her awards include two Distingu...
 

 
DoD
DOD

DOD: U.S. Marine, Army Special Forces prepare for crisis scenarios

A Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, provides security during a mock assault with U.S. Army Special Forces in Baumholder, Germany, March 11. The Marines established a cordon around ...
 
 
DoD

Directive opens 4,100 special ops positions to women

WASHINGTON — A directive signed by Army Secretary John McHugh, Feb. 25, opened more than 4,100 positions to women in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, or USASOC. Directive 2015-08 opened positions in the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, National Guard airborne battalions and tactical psychological teams. Although recent news has focused on female Soldiers...
 
 
DoD
Air-Force

RQ-4B soars past 10,000 flying hours

Airmen from an RQ-4B Global Hawk aircraft maintenance unit welcome an RQ-4B after a flight Sunday in Southwest Asia, in which the aircraft surpassed 10,000 flying hours. The RQ-4B aircraft 2019, or A2019, was the first block 20...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin