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John McHugh: Budget Resolution to Help Army Balance Readiness, Manpower, Modernization

John McHugh
John McHugh

U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh has indicated the need for Congress to implement long-term defense funding as the service seeks to balance readiness, manpower and modernization amid continued concerns about a possible 2016 sequestration.

David Vergun of the Army News Service writes Tuesday that McHugh called for a budget resolution amid an Army that faces uncertainty over funding for its operations, including missions providing force support to Ukraine and training to Iraqi forces.

“As I’ve told Congress repeatedly, this is a time for predictability,” McHugh was quoted as telling his audience at an Association of the United States Army conference.

“[Another] round of indiscriminate cuts will gut our force so we’re unable to meet the president’s defense strategic guidance.”

Vergun reports that McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno noted that the service has developed the Army Operating Concept as a long-term operational plan.

The service will release the Army Operating Concept this week, the report said.

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