Military Leaders Outline Sequestration Impacts To Senate Panel

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Adm. Mark Ferguson
Adm. Mark Ferguson
Gen. Ray Odierno
Gen. Ray Odierno

Four of the nation’s top military leaders outlined what they see as the potential impacts of sequestration cuts on the individual services branches before a Senate panel Wednesday, American Forces Press Service reports.

The Senate Armed Services Committee heard testimony from Army Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff; Navy Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations; Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, the USMC’s commandant; and Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh, chief of staff.

Odierno told lawmakers the Army would lose 100,000 personnel in fiscal year 2014 and future years from the active force, Army National Guard and Army Reserve.

Ferguson told lawmakers the Navy is preparing to cut flight operations and steaming days for deployed forces, cancel deployments, defer ship and aircraft maintenance and suspend some nondeployed operations.

Gen. Mark Welsh
Gen. Mark Welsh
Gen. James Amos
Gen. James Amos

Amos said the Marine Corps would have to leave ships in ports, ground aircraft to reduce maintenance and flight hours and cancel modernization programs.

Welsh said the branch could have to furlough 180,000 civilians and potentially lose nearly 31.5 million man-hours of productivity.

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