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Adm. James Winnefeld: Defense Budget Challenges Upend US’ National Security Strategy

James-Winnefeld-Jr.Navy Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Saturday the uncertainty caused by sequestration has put national security out of balance, the Army News Service reported Saturday.

Lisa Ferdinando writes Winnefeld told an audience at the 2014 Reagan National Defense Forum the U.S.’ efforts to defend allies from aggressive nations are in “jeopardy” due to continued budget cuts.

“The trajectory of the security environment and the ongoing turbulence in defense funding have upset the strategic balance among the ends, ways, and means of our nation’s security and we need to reset it,” he added, according to the publication.

Winnefeld also cited extremism, transnational crime, pandemics and regional instability as among other issues that affect U.S. security strategy.

He believes the Defense Department needs to adopt new operational and technological initiatives and that Congress should support DoD’s drive toward efficiency.

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