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  • Rep. McKeon Warns of Sequestration's Dire Consequences for Military

    Regardless of who wins the November presidential election, current law dictates that massive cuts in defense spending will take affect on Jan. 2, 2013. It’s a policy known as sequestration, and it will take $492 billion out of the defense budget.

    Speaking at Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing this week, House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) said the consequences of those cuts would be catastrophic.

    “I don’t think people understand the seriousness of it,” McKeon said. “The Pentagon will be just paralyzed.”

    The additional cuts come on top of $487 billion in defense cuts already slated to take affect over the next decade, meaning that if Congress fails to act and prevent sequestration, the military would be faced with nearly $1 trillion in total spending cuts.

    McKeon pointed to the Pentagon’s thousands of contracts with defense suppliers, saying they would have to be rewritten to comply with the new spending limits.

    “They won’t be doing anything other than working to rewrite contracts,” he said, adding that such revisions could subject many suppliers to extensive litigation.

    McKeon said that the impact of sequestration is already being felt in the defense industry. Last week, Lockheed Martin announced that it may send out notifications in early November to nearly all of its 123,000 employees, warning that they could be laid off next year.

    Federal law requires companies to provide notice of layoffs at least two months in advance and, because the company does not know which defense programs will be hurt by sequestration, it does not know which employees it may ultimately have to let go.

    McKeon said that sequestration would probably require Lockheed to cut at least 10 percent of its workforce.

    “All the Democrats have done is say we need more taxes. They have not put anything in writing,” he said. “This needs to be fixed now, right now. We don’t have time to wait until November.”

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that cuts of the magnitude imposed by the sequester would lead to the smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest naval fleet since 1915, and the smallest tactical fighter force in the history of the Air Force.

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    7 Responses to Rep. McKeon Warns of Sequestration's Dire Consequences for Military

    1. Geekster says:

      Less money would be the best thing to happen for National Security. It might result in more thoughtful decisions and changes to both the institutional and operational force structures that are long over due. Far too many examples of wasted resources and poor to bad weapon systems. 10 years to fight and defeat threats and enemies in 3rd world countries should be a real concern. $79 billion for F22 that cannot fly and has not in combat, the V22 problems, the list goes on. More money does not buy us better National Security.

    2. P.smith says:

      Then the people in the Pentagon need to get a good audior and find out exactly where all that money goes and prioritize. The department of defense does not even know how many contractors they have and what the money goes for. Stop the spending and get a budget.

      • Sailor says:

        Unfortunately, most of the monies spent is dictated by political decisions… not the DoD. We need to continue with the plan to audit the DoD in 2015 after Enterprise Resource Planning is fully implemented.
        Then the tools will exist to show where the funds are truly needed and will empower DoD budgeteers with the knowledge and documentation to influence where the monies really is best utilized from the overall budgets.

    3. ejj98765 says:

      If you read the post "Setting the Record Straight on Military Spending Levels" at the Cato Institute's website, it is clear this GOP alarmism is disgusting and pathetic. Screaming about defense spending that will simply go back to 2007 levels is disgraceful. Representative McKeon should be removed from office.

      Setting the Record Straight on Military Spending Levels http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/setting-the-record

    4. ejj98765 says:

      Read "Setting the Record Straight on Military Spending Levels" at Cato – at – Liberty . org …..Representative McKeon should be removed from office.

    5. george says:

      this "cesspool of a country is toast !!!! , mankind as a whole are fools , unable to govern itself this is what we deserve !!!!!!!!!

    6. DAVID PHILLIPS says:

      Cong. BUCK McKEAN and SecDef LEON PANETTA have been around "The DC Beltway" far too damned long to make any sense out of the realities WE KNOW in the 'real world'! ** THE SKY IS NOT (!) FALLING, 'Chicken Littles'! ** ONLY THE RATE of GROWTH of the PENTAGON Budget is being slowed! ** THAT is as COMPLEX as it GETS! ** PERIOD!!!!! ** The FIRST DoD ACTION SHALL LIKELY BE TO REDUCE PERSONNEL PAYROLLS — IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES! ** THE REAL 'COCKROACHES' are in & among 'The Pentagon's Procurement MAFIA' — NEVER have they suffered in prior Pentagon cuts! ** THEY ARE LONG OVER-DUE for that timely COME-UP-ANCE! -30-

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