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Military Leaders, Senators Caution Against Another Budget Sequester

PentagonA group of military leaders and Senate Armed Services Committee members have given caution about the potential impact to Defense Department programs if sequestration is renewed, Defense News reported Wednesday.

John Bennett writes that the concerns focus on the national defense strategy and the military’s capability to simultaneously execute multiple missions.

“Despite an accumulating array of complex threats to our national interests… we are on track to cut $1 trillion from America’s defense budget by 2021,” said Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

The Office of Management and Budget this week declared fiscal 2015 budgets safe from sequestration but noted that fiscal 2016 could likely see another round of across-the-board sequester cuts.

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh both warned of possible additional force reductions, Bennett reports.

Meanwhile, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert said the U.S. Navy could lose its advantage in undersea and electromagnetic technologies and echoed U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford‘s concerns about the defense strategy.

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