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Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley: Army Reserve Seeks More Funding Flexibility From Congress

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reservists marchingLt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, chief of the U.S. Army Reserve, said Thursday that his organization’s readiness programs have been jeopardized by a lack of a flexible budget structure, DoD News reported Thursday.

“The challenge under the Budget Control Act and sequestration is not that we need to control our spending, we do,” he told the Defense Writers’ Group.

“We need more flexibility in how we curb our budget.”

Talley told reporters that every year, Army Reserve prepares multiple budgets that assume Congress will fully fund the president’s spending proposal, reflect sequestration-level funds and strike a balance between the two funding possibilities.

He added the component needs the overseas contingency operations money to sustain force preparedness.

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