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Deborah Lee James: Air Force Seeks $41B in Sequester Relief

Deborah Lee James
Deborah Lee James

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said at a Bloomberg Government-hosted event last week that the branch is seeking $41 billion in additional funds to help manage sequestration cuts for fiscal year 2015, DoDBuzz reported Monday.

Richard Sisk writers that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s five-year budget blueprint calls for a $115 billion increase in defense spending that is intended for sequester relief.

James told the conference the $41 billion figure is the sum of a $34 billion share in the larger defense spending package and $7 billion more from President Barack Obama’s planned $56 billion Growth and Opportunity Fund, Sisk reports.

She added that the extra funds would be used to ward off cuts to pay, benefits, weapons systems and readiness.

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