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Adm. Bill Gortney: Sequestration a Challenge to Combatant Commands

Adm. Bill Gortney
Adm. Bill Gortney

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, has said sequestration poses a challenge to the current mission areas of the U.S. armed forces, DoD News reported Thursday.

Jim Garamone writes that Gortney told an Atlantic Council event audience that budget cuts to the operations and maintenance funds of the military services impact the force readiness of combatant commands.

Gortney noted that ballistic missile defense, the activities of the Islamic State group and potential threats from state actors via nuclear weapons and long-range cruise missiles call for U.S. investment in technology and capabilities.

He also indicated a corresponding impact of mission challenges to civilian agencies such as law enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard and customs, the report said.

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