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Robert Hale: Second Defense Sequester Cut to Reduce Workforce

RobertHaleThe second round of federal spending cuts could trim the defense workforce as it will reduce Pentagon’s budget down to $475 billion, Politico reported Monday.

Leigh Munsil writes this second round of sequestration cuts is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 15, when the government funding mandated by a recently passed shutdown resolution expires.

Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told the publication this next set of cuts would force the Defense Department to reduce its numbers of civilian employees and military members.

“We will try to avoid reductions in force; we’ll keep them to an absolute minimum,” Hale told Politico.

The cuts scheduled to go into effect in January would bring the Pentagon’s budget down to $20 billion less than the level in the continuing resolution and $50 billion less than DoD’s fiscal year 2014 budget request, Munsil reports.

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