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Carter, Zients Hint at Potential Sequestration Cuts to House Panel

Ashton Carter

The defense budget for fiscal year 2013 could result in cuts to weapons and vehicles procurement as well as furloughs and layoffs for civilian employees, the Pentagon’s number two official told a House panel Wednesday.

Jeff Zients

According to The Hill newspaper, Ashton Carter told the House Armed Services Committee the Pentagon would buy four fewer Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jets and one fewer Boeing-made P-8 Poseidon plane under a sequestered 2013 budget.

The Pentagon would lose $55 billion from fiscal 2013 funds if sequestration takes effect in January, according to Jeremy Herb’s report.

Carter added there could be 12 fewer buys of the General Dynamics-made Stryker land vehicle and 300 fewer Army medium and heavy tactical vehicle purchases.

Jeff Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, said defense accounts would see an estimated 10-percent cut under sequestration and non-defense discretionary spending would lose 8 percent of funds, the report said.

Zients recently notified agencies OMB will begin discussing sequestration with agencies.

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