Senior House lawmakers sounded the alarm over what they say is the U.S. military’s lack of preparedness for battle following a classified briefing Thursday on how deepening budget cuts are impacting troop readiness.
American spy agencies were awarded $52.7 billion by the federal government in fiscal year 2013, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
Budget cuts are hampering the American military’s ability to defend the nation’s interests and its leaders must decide if the United States will continue to exercise global leadership, defense experts said Tuesday.
Events over the weekend have made the likelihood of a deal by Oct. 17 appear increasingly uncertain as Democrats seek an agreement that includes removing budget caps and raising the sequester levels established in the 2011 Budget Control Act.
House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R., Calif.) pushed senior military officials Wednesday for specifics about the actual impact of full sequestration.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said this week that although the military is preparing for a potential intervention in Syria, the United States is not as ready as military leaders would like it to be because of sequestration.
The recommendations in the Department of Defense’s latest strategic review would produce both a hollow and aging military unable to engage in simultaneous conflicts involving U.S. interests, defense budget experts said Tuesday.
Lawmakers, contractors, Defense Department employees, and military experts warned on Tuesday morning that another $52 billion in defense cuts later this year will completely devastate the U.S. military.