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Gen. Martin Dempsey: Syria Campaign to Challenge Defense Budget

Gen. Martin Dempsey
Gen. Martin Dempsey

The U.S.’ top uniformed military officer has said Defense Department could increasingly run into budget problems as it moves to help combat the Islamic State group, Breaking Defense reported Friday.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the ground forces that will fight the militant group will consist of Syrian rebels, Iraqis and Kurds, Colin Clark reports.

Dempsey also said the U.S. military expected to ease its commitments, close bases and retire weapons under the 2015 defense budget proposal, according to the report.

“If you’re asking me, are we going to have budget problems, the answer is yes,” he told reporters.

Dempsey added that the U.S. military would deploy people to the ground as forward ground controllers only if the DoD needs to support ground troops fighting the IS group, Breaking Defense reports.

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