This week in DoD sequestration news

| April 18, 2014

DoD Report: Estimated Impacts of Sequestration-Level Funding

On Tuesday the DoD released a report, “Estimated Impacts of Sequestration-Level Funding” that identifies required cuts if sequester-level funding goes back in place beginning in FY16. Scenarios that would occur include:

Force cuts

  • Reduce Army to 420,000 active duty, 315,000 in the National Guard and 185,000 in the Army Reserve
  • Reduce Marine Corps to 175,000 active duty

Fleet cuts

  • Eliminate KC-10 tankers and shrink inventory of unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Sideline six destroyers and retire an aircraft carrier and its associated air wing
  • Reduce one squadron of F-35 aircraft
  • Eliminate planned purchases of Reaper aircraft

Slowed modernization

  • Eight fewer ships would be bought
  • New carrier John F. Kennedy delivery would be delayed by two years
  • 17 fewer joint strike fighters
  • Five fewer KC-46 tankers
  • Six fewer P-8A aircraft

Procurement/research and funding

  • $66 billion less invested


  • Reduce funding by $16 billion; existing shortfalls intensified
  • Already-reduced Army Decisive Action training has resulted in leadership development challenges and continued drop in funds would worsen this
  • Navy and Marine Corps flying hours would decrease, lowering pilot readiness


  • If sustainment is underfunded, conditions could drop resulting in increased costs in future years to repair damage
  • Cuts could result in:
    • Reduced operating hours
    • Decreased number of quality-of-life services
    • Lowered response times for fire and emergency services
    • Using military personnel for base support functions
    • Delayed implementation of base safety and security standards

According to the report, the military would be too small, and national security would be at risk.

The Thinking Behind Pentagon Budget Proposals
In addition to releasing the impact report, the DoD this week also made clear it would continue to send Congress its budget proposals based on what it believes is needed to defend the country, and not based on in-place federal spending caps.


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