The Military Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the troops will not tolerate future budget uncertainties. Sequestration has been bad for the readiness and morale of the armed forces. Not to mention, because the money is so uncertain, the cost of doing business with defense contractors is higher. Congress seems totally unable or unwilling to pass sustainable budgets that provide for the common defense. Make your voice heard in Washington.
Caps on defense spending limit training, force service members to use old gear and may lead to an exodus of troops from the armed services, the four service chiefs told lawmakers Thursday.
Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the leaders of theArmy, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps warned that a return of sequestration budget caps would promote fiscal uncertainty and take a deep toll on rank-and-file morale.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 put a temporary stay on a half-trillion dollar tranche of defense budget cuts, but the armed services must plan around the reductions for five more years if Congress does not again act to avert them.
For the Navy and Marine Corps, limited funding and delayed aircraft modernization have resulted in limited pilot flight hours. This summer, the Marine Corps resorted to an unusual measure, pulling 30 F/A-18C Hornetsfrom the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and putting them back into service in an effort to maintain readiness ahead of F-35B Joint Strike Fighters entering the fleet in numbers.