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Martin Dempsey: Global Security Environment ‘More Dangerous’ as Sequester Looms

Gen. Martin Dempsey
Gen. Martin Dempsey

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, believes that sequestration will adversely affect U.S. national security efforts and its readiness to address international responsibilities as threats continue to emerge around the world.

Lisa Ferdinando writes Monday for DoD News that Dempsey has noted some global incidents that have made the threat landscape different from when the Budget Control Act was passed in 2011.

“All those things require consideration of forward presence, readiness, resourcing, countering technological advances by some of our potential adversaries, and that’s changed a great deal,” Dempsey said in an interview with DoD News.

“The global security environment is more dangerous and sequestration is still on the books as the law.”

He added that the military has put aside some maintenance needs for defense systems and force training due to spending cuts.

The Office of Management and Budget has already announced that fiscal year 2015 defense and nondefense budgets are safe from sequestration, but that spending cuts are likely for fiscal 2016.

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