Ashton Carter Talks DoD’s Budget Concerns, Continuing Resolution at Senate Committee Hearing

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said budget instability, denial of necessary reforms and micromanagement are the three budget concerns the Defense Department faces, DoD News reported Thursday.

Terri Moon Cronk writes Carter appeared with Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday to discuss concerns over a possible continuing resolution, military operations and national security challenges.

“Instead of stability, we’re going into fiscal year 2017 with yet another continuing resolution… for the eighth fiscal year in a row, [and] that’s a deplorable state of affairs,” Carter said.

“The CR that goes past December would undermine our plan to quadruple our European Reassurance Initiative,” he added.

Carter also asked the Senate panel to approve the defense budget request for fiscal 2017 as the U.S. military works to address the challenges posed by Russia, North Korea, Iran, China and the Islamic State militant organization, according to the report.

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