Much of this week’s news comes from the AUSA Annual Meeting that was held in Washington, D.C. this week, at which First Command was an exhibitor.
Fewer Brigades Ready for Combat
Money that would normally be spent on Army readiness and modernization is being used to cover the cost of sequestration, which means fewer brigades ready for a combat mission. One solution to make more money available now is to accelerate the drawdown. If we don’t, there is the fear of being asked to deploy thousands of troops who are not combat-ready. Both continuing resolutions and sequestration have negatively affected nearly 500 Army programs. Additionally, the Army can’t start new contracts. These issues will only rise if sequestration stays in place.
Science and Technology
Army leaders espouse the importance of robust investment in science and technology programs, knowing that means other projects may not be fully funded due to sequestration.
Senator Patty Murray, Representative Paul Ryan and members of the budget conference committee will meet on October 30 for budget talks. The proposed Senate budget replaces sequestration with “spending cuts and new revenue.”*
Sources: defensenews.com, federalnewsradio.com, *budget.senate.gov