Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Pentagon leaders explained in great detail Tuesday the ways that sequestration would hollow out the military and cause “lasting and irreversible” damage to national security.
But the Senate Armed Services hearing did not get lawmakers any closer to an agreement on how to replace the spending cuts, even if most agree the sequester would be bad policy.
Attempting to end the impasse, a near-full roster of the Joint Chiefs of Staff made a rare joint appearance on Capitol Hill calling on Congress to avert sequestration and stop funding the government with continuing resolutions.
One by one, military leaders laid out the dangers of the automatic cuts: reductions of 100,000 soldiers, the loss of planes and ships, cuts in essential training and an inability to carry out the new U.S. military strategy.