Afghan War Damaged

Afghan War Damaged
Albert H. Teich /

With around 66,000 troops in Afghanistan and an undetermined number of troop withdrawals within the next two years, budget cuts across the board will eventually and inevitably harm the U.S. in its Afghan War efforts. Spending cuts that are due to take place on March 1, 2013 hold the potential to place hundreds of thousands of Pentagon employees out of their jobs, and to also make major cuts in civilian paychecks.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says he fears the messages have “not been heard widely enough in Congress and across the country,” and repeated warnings of how threatened defense cuts (about $50 billion this budget year) will hurt national security and have not gained the publicity they deserve, as highlighted by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Pentagon currently employs around 800,000 civilians, none of which have been officially notified of their potential job loss. As it stands, all 46, 000 temporary hands will stand unemployed as we anxiously await budget cuts.

Read the full Washington Post article here.

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