Skip to comments.By year's end, troops will be unable to respond to crises, Pentagon says
Posted on 02/08/2013 3:34:34 PM PST by SkyPilot
Every leader in the Pentagon has been warning for more than a year that if sequestration comes to pass the impact to the military will be severe. But the armed services' most senior officers now are telling Congress those impacts are not a distant prospect they could be looking at a "hollowed-out" force within a matter of months after the cuts are triggered.
When the Defense Department directed the military services last month to start conserving funds, it was a good sign that the Pentagon now believes the long-threatened automatic budget cuts actually will take place. Ashton Carter, the deputy secretary of Defense, gave weight to that view last week when he acknowledged in an interview with Bloomberg that sequestration now appears "more likely than unlikely."
But the military's leadership is pressing hard to make sure Congress understands its point of view on what sequestration would actually mean should it take effect midway through a fiscal year in which a DoD budget still has not been enacted.
A letter to lawmakers, signed by each member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, opened with the admonition that "the readiness of our armed forces is at a tipping point. We are on the brink."
"We don't sign 28-star letters very often," Adm. James Winnefeld, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told an AFCEA convention in San Diego last week. "We did it because we are at serious risk of rapidly sliding into a hollow force."
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Exactly what 0 wants.
Start closing bases in Japan, South Korea, and Germany. Let’s get our priorities straight. Pull out the latest batallion from Africa. End funding of Libya and Egypt. Etc, etc...
BS. They’re being asked to cut back to 2008 budget levels. I don’t think that’s going to destroy the military.
The great leader of fiscal negligence is meeting his objectives as he destroys America. Step by step, piece by piece.
America has never sunk so low, nor allowed itself to be dominated by a marxo muslim..... and largely unwittingly.
Not just him, all the leftists!
Mmogamer: You’ve got it. Obama wants to reduce the US to a 2nd rate power, unable to respond to most crises, thus abandoning our allies to the Red Chinese, Russians, and Jihadists, like Morsi.
Where I come from, this is called “TREASON”.
PS: A corollary to this, if our allies are smart, is that they will go NUCLEAR re weapons. This includes Taiwan (I went to school with its’ president), the Philippines, South Korea and maybe Indonesia (Obama’s second home).
I would hope that Australia and possibly New Zealand (my second home in my dreams), would follow.
Only an unified nuclear force in the Pacific can contain Red China if the US copts out of its defense responsibilities because it no longer has the military equipment/force or political will to do it.
Fear mongering BS.
Its apparent we need a two party system in this country....
Two Chilling Developments Suggest Asia May Be One Step Away From War
[sounds like we’re being set up all over the place]
That would be a good time for China to attack Japan over the Senkaku Island dispute. The US wouldn’t be able to commit to its defense treaty with Japan.
We already knew this. Look at the the non response in Libya and this weeks testimony.
I guess we’ll have to rely on UN troops then.
(Funny how that worked out, ain’t it? Almost as though it were planned that way.)
Fire some Generals and Admirals, and civilian DoD personnel, replace them with people who can do a better job managing the resources.
That will get the attention of the whiners.
Where else do you want our troops to go and die?
Apparently they couldn’t respond last September either.
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