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Martin Dempsey: Sequestration Readiness Effects Could Come in 2014

Gen. Martin Dempsey
Gen. Martin Dempsey

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Saturday believe sequestration will affect the military’s drawdown operations in Afghanistan.

Dempsey believes the Defense Department will begin to see problems in medium-term readiness by 2014 because it will have to move readiness funding over to wartime operations as a result of the cuts, the American Forces Press Service reported Saturday.

“[Sequestration] is an avalanche, not a light switch,” he told reporters, according to AFPS.

Training of some service members such as pilots could be interrupted in the current environment and the cost of requalifying them could cost more than the training itself if the training is interrupted, Dempsey said, according to the report.

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