Lawmakers: U.S. Troops ‘Unprepared to Deploy’

Budget cuts crippling military’s readiness
From left, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday / AP

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.

U.S. Spy Program Awarded $52.7 Billion in 2013

How money is allocated is largely secret
National Intelligence Director James Clapper / AP

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).

Debt Ceiling Talks Stall Further, Dems Push on Reversing Sequester

Republicans say Democrats now in danger of overreaching as debt ceiling deadline looms
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) speaks on "Face the Nation," Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

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.

Report: Sequestration, Military Budget Cuts Hurting National Security

Nearly $1 trillion in defense funding reductions over next decade expected
U.S. military sequester

A combination of budget cuts and escalating compensation costs will reduce the U.S. military’s fighting forces by at least 50 percent by 2021 and threaten national security, according to a report released Friday.

McKeon For the Defense

House Chairman McKeon says pro-defense Republicans will seek to reverse sequester in Syria resolution
House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R.,Calif.) / AP

Defense Republicans in the House are seeking to overturn deep, automatic defense spending cuts as part of the debate on whether to authorize military force against Syria, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Wednesday.

Experts: Pentagon Strategic Plan Would Produce Aging, Hollow Military

Military will be smaller, receive delayed equipment upgrades, minimal training sessions
Chuck Hagel, self-professed American (AP)

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.