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Navy, Marine Officials: Sequestration Remains Biggest Threat to US Military’s Sea Services

U.S. NavySenior U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officials told a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing Wednesday that sequestration in fiscal 2016 would hamper the military branches’ ability to execute missions globally, DoD News reported Thursday.

Jim Garamone writes the subcommittee heard testimony Wednesday from Sean Stackley, the Navy’s acquisition chief, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Glueck of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Vice Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources.

“The principal risk to the department’s ability to meet the [defense strategy guidance] remains the uncertainty in future funding, which affects our planning and the ability to balance near- and long-term readiness and capability,” they noted in a prepared statement obtained by DoD News.

Stackley, Glueck and Mulloy told the subcommittee that budget cuts have forced the U.S. military’s sea services to change strategies, shift funds and postpone weapons and aircraft modernization efforts.

They also warned that a return of sequestration would further hurt military readiness for contingency deployment, fleet capacity and force structure procurements, according to Garamone’s article.

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