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Maj. Gen. Thomas Horlander: Army Readiness Threatened by Budget Uncertainty

army stock photoSome U.S. Army officials have expressed concern over the future of the service’s readiness and capability as it awaits a congressional decision on the branch’s fiscal year 2015 budget request.

Maj. Gen. Thomas Horlander, Army budget director, told a summit at the Pentagon Thursday that it could take years for a brigade to recover once readiness is hampered, the Army said Friday.

Horlander said the Army is working with the Hill to address challenges the service faces, David Vergun reports.

He added that uncertainties over the overseas contingency operation budget adds to the service’s budget-related challenges, according to the report.

Brig. Gen. John Ferrari, director of program analysis and evaluation, also told the summit the Army is confronted by compensation and structural reform issues, Vergun writes.

Ferrari warned of a possible cut to the Army’s force in addition to force reductions mandated by sequestration if those reforms remain unattended, the Army says.

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