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Ashton Carter: Budget Cuts Endanger Pentagon’s Strategic, Force Readiness, Innovation Programs

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Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said the Defense Department is doing its best to manage personnel and programs despite continuing uncertainty over budget cuts, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes Carter told audience at the Association of the U.S. Army conference Wednesday that DoD and other federal agencies have experienced the impact of sequestration.

“We cannot as a nation allow this to become the new normal,” Carter said.

“In today’s security environment we need to be dynamic and we need to be responsive. What we have now is a straitjacket.”

He also called for the creation of a playbook that can guide the U.S. and its NATO allies on how to deter hybrid adversaries and cyber and nuclear threats.

Carter added the department should continue to invest in modern technology and stay prepared “so we can ensure that the skill of each soldier is wielded in the most effective and safest way possible.”

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