DoD

July 13, 2012

DOD working to halt budget sequestration, Little says

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Defense Department is working to avoid the possibility of budget sequestration, a maneuver which would trigger massive, across-the-board cuts in defense spending, something Pentagon Press Secretary George Little described today as an absurd situation.

“We have daily discussions with the Office of Management and Budget on a range of budget issues, to include the prospect of sequestration,” Little said. “We have not begun planning for sequestration, but we are in regular contact with our OMB colleagues about what needs to happen.”

Sequestration is a mechanism built into last year’s Budget Control Act that would trigger across the board cuts in federal spending — including an additional half-trillion-dollar cut in defense — if Congress and the White House cannot agree on a plan to reduce the federal deficit.

“The goal here, of course, is to avoid sequestration, period. That’s what we want and we believe that’s what the American people want,” Little told reporters.

Sequestration would more than double the $487 billion in cuts the department is already making over the next 10 years.

The automatic cuts would require the department to scrap the defense strategy unveiled in January, Pentagon spokesman Capt. John Kirby told reporters at the same press conference. Instead, Pentagon officials would “have to come up with something completely different. That something, whatever it is, would be based on, essentially, a force at risk of being hollowed,” he said.

“We need to move beyond sequestration,” Little said. “And we believe that members of Congress do want to get beyond it.”

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta continues to look throughout the department for savings, Little said, and stressed that everything is on the table. However, Defense officials have continually said that any cuts have to fit in to the overall defense strategy.




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


 
 

 
DoD
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Scott Saldukas)

President Obama expresses gratitude to troops, civilians

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Scott Saldukas) President Barrack Obama thanks service members and Defense Department civilians for their service and dedication to their nation, during a speech given Dec. 15, at Joint Base McG...
 
 
DoD
blood-drive

Thanks for giving to the red, white and blue

January is National Blood Donor Month, and this year, the Armed Services Blood Program would like to thank you for “giving to the red, white and blue.” “2014 was a great year for the Armed Services Blood Program,” Navy ...
 
 
DoD
(Courtesy photo)

President announces Hagel’s resignation as Defense Secretary

(Courtesy photo) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Ch...
 

 
DoD

Work explains strategy behind DoD innovation initiative

The Defense Innovation Initiative will help to develop more innovative leaders and identify new operational concepts, but sequestration is still “a problem we need to address as a nation,” Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said yesterday. Work discussed the new initiative on Gannett’s “DefenseNews With Vago Muradian” program. Echoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s announcement last...
 
 
DoD
Untitled-1

DoD highlights warrior, family care during Warrior Care Month 2014

The Defense Department recently hosted a rehabilitation expo as part of Warrior Care Month as it continues its commitment to supporting wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers. James Rodriguez, deputy ass...
 
 
DoD
photo courtesy/Defense Media Activity

Project Sanctuary helps aid military families

photo courtesy/Defense Media Activity A family poses during an indoor rock-climbing event sponsored by Project Sanctuary, a national nonprofit organization committed to assisting military families. A national nonprofit organiza...
 




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