facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Odierno: Sequester puts security at risk

Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Fiscal uncertainty over defense spending may degrade the military's ability to defend national interests for the next decade, said U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno.

U.S. military leaders testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on sequestration, a series of pending defense spending cuts.

Congress in a New Year's Day vote postponed sequestration until the end of March. The deal delayed more than $54 billion in military spending reductions.

Odierno, the Army's chief of staff, testified that already constrained defense budgets coupled with further reductions created a "perfect storm" for military leaders.

"If not addressed, the current fiscal uncertainty will significantly and rapidly degrade Army readiness for the next five to 10 years," he said.

Critics of budget measures proposed by U.S. President Barack Obama say spending cuts, not tax increases, are part of the solution. Obama, in this State of the Union Address Tuesday, said "these cuts, known here in Washington as the sequester, are a really bad idea."

U.S. Marines Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said defense cuts would "severely limit our ability to implement our defense strategy."

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Northrop Grumman developing reusable space plane for lifting spacecraft into orbit
2
Texas man on trial for 'public execution' of drunk driver
3
Britain pardons World War II code-breaker castrated for homosexuality
4
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State
5
New York Post defies #ISISMediablackout with graphic James Foley cover
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback