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Martin Dempsey: US Security Strategy Change Needed If FY 2016 Sequester Falls

Gen. Martin Dempsey
Martin Dempsey

U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey has warned against another round of sequestration as he advocated for President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget request before a Senate subcommittee, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee that cuts to the Defense Department’s fiscal 2016 budget would force the government to change its national security strategy, Jim Garamone reports.

“Sequestration would fundamentally and significantly change the way we deploy the force, and in so doing [would] affect the way we can shape the security environment,” Dempsey said.

He added the Army would have to reduce its forward and deployed forces if sequestration returns in the next fiscal year, DoD News reports.

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