Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Major military groups urge action on budget

Jan. 23, 2013 - 12:44PM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 23, 2013 - 12:44PM  |  
  • Filed Under

Leaders of three major military organizations are pleading with Congress to prevent a "perfect storm" of fiscal problems from forcing deep cuts in defense spending.

In a Jan. 23 letter, the president of the Association of the United States Army, chairman of the board of the Air Force Association and executive director of the Association the United States Navy jointly warn that national security is "severely threatened" by fiscal disagreements involving Congress and the White House.

The threat of across-the-board budget cuts, the looming expiration of short-term government funding and uncertainty about the size of the 2014 defense budget have combined, they said, to already delay training and maintenance programs and interfere with training. Worse problems are ahead, they warn.

"We ask you to enact legislation that will allow our military forces to maintain their ability to successfully defend our nation," says the letter, signed by retired Army Gen. Gordon Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of AUSA; retired Air Force Lt. Gen. George Muellner, AFA's chairman of the board; and retired Navy Rear Adm. Casey Coane, executive director of AUSN.

"By having to operate under the previous year's budget, DoD is insufficiently funded. Its ability to achieve mission success and defend our nation going forward will be severely threatened if Congress does not address the many concerns that make March a ‘perfect storm' of defense cuts," the letter says.

Answers sponsored by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan
Rates

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.


This Week's Marine Corps Times

This Week's Marine Corps Times

Top TA & GI Bill schools
Most popular colleges cater to troops by taking classes to them

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Classifieds
MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.
Woman who cried rape
(3 replies)
   Last Post: TJMAC77SP
        May 3, 2014 1:32 PM
   Last Post: garhkal
        May 1, 2014 5:03 PM
Cliven Bundy
(45 replies)
   Last Post: Chief_KO
        Apr 26, 2014 9:49 AM
Handbooks

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook