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Pentagon Outlines Four Options to Deal with Sequestration

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

Defense Department officials and several defense industry executives joined to outline four sequestration scenarios in a closed-door meeting last week, Defense News reports.

Government-wide sequestration cuts call for around a $1.2 trillion reduction throughout the next decade with the Pentagon accounting for around $480 billion.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said although he wants a more comprehensive and long-term deficit-reduction deal, the more practical solution is a short-term agreement of one or two years.

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little added the DoD would prefer a more balanced budget deal to avoid the “devastating consequences of sequestration,” according to Defense News.

The four options according to Defense News include:

  • Congress lets sequestration happen
  • A new plan is constructed to combat sequestration during the lame duck session after the November elections
  •  Congress comes up with a $1.2 trillion cut to avert sequestration prior to the election
  • Congress inserts language into a continuing resolution that delays sequestration another year or two when there is a less-heated political environment, but the government implements the first and perhaps second year of cuts, which some refer to as the “mini-sequester.”

 

 

 

 

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