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Pentagon calls for end to its budget cuts

Iran Press TV

Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:10PM GMT

US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work has warned American lawmakers against the continuation of across-the-board spending cuts for the Pentagon, which he described as total "madness."

The Pentagon is currently preparing its fiscal 2016 budget, which is scheduled to be released in February, while Congress is taking measures to fund US military activity, with a base budget of $496 billion, in the 2015 fiscal year, which began on Oct. 1.

The current law calls for spending cuts to return in 2016, thus, the department is facing uncertainty as to whether Congress will ease the spending requirements like 2013 or allow the cuts to occur.

Work said Pentagon can no longer adjust itself to any sort of "chaos," saying the current uncertainty would make it impossible to construct a "coherent defense budget."

'We need funding passed at the president's budget level,' Work said on Wednesday in remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 'We need flexibility in the way we manage the force, and we need budget stability.'

'We still have no certainty if sequestration is really going to kick in on 1 January, 2016, or not. ... So stop the madness, OK? We have to really stop the madness,' he stated.

Work also said that the spending cuts would threaten US military preparedness as well as its technological edge, warning that Congress would run the risk of creating a military that is 'increasingly misaligned with the strategic environment.'

Meanwhile, a number of former officials have voiced skepticism over whether the conditions are right for a deal in Congress to end the spending cuts.

AT/HRJ



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