Sequestration Set to Hit National Security and Jobs

Sequestration Set to Hit National Security and Jobs

If Congress fails to act quickly the cuts as result of sequestration will have a dramatic effect on the war in Afghanistan. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters that “There will be second-order effects on the war,” Deferred maintenance on weapons and other equipment, for example, will eventually erode the combat fitness of military units deploying to Afghanistan, he said.

Carter’s comments echo the sentiments of other top pentagon officials, including outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Both have stated that if March 1 cuts were to be implemented they would greatly affect our national security. The sequester not only threatens national safety, but will have an impact on American jobs. With the anticipation of cuts the Pentagon has eliminated 46,000 civilian employees with the potential for the remainder to take mandatory furlough days to cut cost.

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