Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to the press at the Pentagon about what the 2014 budget proposal would look like and how the threat of a sequester and budget uncertainty will affect it.
According to a DoD article, the defense budget requestsÂ process is behind schedule of where it normally is in February andÂ officials do not expect the budget to go to Congress until late March.
The budget the two men discussed will include $487 billion in cuts discussed in 2011 and a military pay raise of 1 percent.
âNo one is getting a pay cut, but we will provide a pay raise thatâs smaller than weâve seen in past years in order to achieve some savings by virtue of what we confront in the compensation area,â Panetta said.
He saidÂ personnelÂ costs have grown 80 percent since 2003 and it is critical that the DoD gets this under control.
To account for the major cuts that will take place in 2014 and over the next few years, the Pentagon proposed aÂ round of base closures and realignments and cutting the number of Marines toÂ 182,000 troops and Army troops toÂ 490,000.Â Â
âWe have identified $30 billion in new initiatives over the next five years to eliminate overhead and duplication,â Panetta said.
He added that the military will look to technologies for savings and the department will continue to push for growth in special operations capabilities and cyber warfare experts.