Defense

March 13, 2013

Dempsey: Sequestration will affect programs, readiness

SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
American Forces Press Service

The Defense Department will see effects to long-term military readiness and support programs such as the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors under sequestrationís fiscal constraints, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said March 11.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey gave remarks and fielded questions from the audience at the National League of Cities Congressional Cities Conference.
ìSequestration was the thing that was never supposed to happen,î he said. The task now, he added, is to figure out how to proceed.

The military must defend the nation and will do so, the chairman said. But the bond of trust between the nation and its military must endure, he added. TAPS, Gold Star Families and the Wounded Warrior Project are among organizations that manifest that bond of trust, he added.

But thereís going to be some long-term readiness issues that will affect the force,î he noted. ìYou canít take $500 billion out over five years, $46 billion out over six months. I mean, Houdini couldnít figure that out. So when I get asked about why weíre not figuring it out, it’s because Iím not Houdini. There [are] some things weíre going to have to do to sweep up every bit of money we can find in the next six months.

Just as in businesses, the general said, more than half of the Defense Departmentís budget is spent in the first half of the fiscal year.

So [the spending cuts are] going to have an effect,î Dempsey said. ìThe commitment Iíve made is we’ve got to keep faith and make sure the force that weíre deploying – the one thatís there now and the next to go – they will clearly be the priority.

The chairman was clear that wounded warriors and their families will remain a priority for DOD.

They’ve made a commitment to us,î he said. ìWeíve got to make a commitment to them. And [we have] our commitment to partnering with organizations like TAPS. You can count on me to continue to be a strong advocate of that.

Despite these commitments, Dempsey said, things will happen at the local level that Pentagon leadership wonít see.

I [may] say Iím going to make sure weíre committed to wounded warriors, and then a wounded warriorís spouse tries to go to the commissary at Fort Carson, Colo., and itís closed,î he said. ì[This is] going to happen, because of this issue of sweeping up the money we need to get through the year. There will be things done at the local level that we wonít have any visibility on.

The chairman said troops and their families must communicate with each other so the effects of sequestration are known.

There are going to be things that we don’t see at this level that will affect your communities, Dempsey said. And what I’ve encouraged other military members and families to do is Ö stay in touch with each other so we actually understand the effect.




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


 
 

 

Headlines August 31, 2015

News: Pilot killed in crash was helping wounded veterans – A pilot who died in a small plane crash in the desert northeast of Los Angeles was giving free glider rides to wounded military veterans. Turkey carries out first air strikes as part of anti-Isis U.S. coalition – Turkish fighter jets have carried out their first air...
 
 

News Briefs August 31, 2015

Pakistan officials: U.S. envoy discusses Afghan peace efforts Pakistani officials say visiting U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice has discussed efforts to revive Afghan peace talks. Rice met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif Aug. 30. Two Pakistani officials say they discussed efforts to revive talks between the Afghan government...
 
 
Courtesy photograph

F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Courtesy photograph A pair of F-22 Raptors fly near the coastline of Panama City Beach, Fla. Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allie...
 

 
ILS photograph

Boeing-built satellite will create first global high-speed broadband network

ILS photograph The Inmarsat-5 F3 satellite launched Aug. 28 aboard a International Launch Services Proton Breeze M rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–When the third Boeing-built [NYSE: BA] Inmarsat-5 sat...
 
 

Civil Air Patrol joins total force ‘Airmen’

When conducting missions for the Air Force as the official Air Force auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol is now included in the Air Force’s definition of the total force. CAP has provided 74 years of support to emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs. In August 2015, the Air Force updated Doctrine Volume 2, “Leadership,”...
 
 
DOD photograph by Air Force MSgt. Adrian Cadiz

Carter announces manufacturing initiative to aid war fighters

DOD photograph by Air Force MSgt. Adrian Cadiz Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics during a speech at the National Full Scale Aerody...
 




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=""> <s> <strike> <strong>