Defending Defense: Sequestration’s shadow on the US military and defense industrial base

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In addition to the $487 billion of proposed defense cuts contained in President Obama's fiscal year 2013 budget, on January 2, 2013, $492 billion of defense cuts will go into effect. Sequestration and its consequences therefore hang like a shadow over America's military and defense industrial base.

At a Defending Defense event on Wednesday, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) urged the U.S. Congress to stop delaying finding a solution to sequestration. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) then called on presidential leadership to reverse these damaging defense cuts. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) felt that Congress should be ashamed if it does not pass a deal to avoid sequestration, arguing that if a final deal is not reached before the November presidential elections, the prospects for resolution will become increasingly slim during the "lame duck" period.

The lawmakers agreed that delay is no longer an option. Sequestration's effects have already arrived, and Congress has a very limited window of opportunity before these cuts fundamentally alter America's role in the world.

--Charles Morrison

Event Description
Sequestration is casting a dark shadow over the future of U.S. national security and the industrial base that provides for it. At this event, the Defending Defense Coalition will host Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) to discuss the dangers of deeper defense cuts on America’s military readiness and defense industry should Congress and the president not act to alter the course of sequestration. The Defending Defense Coalition brings together the Foreign Policy Initiative, AEI and the Heritage Foundation to promote a sound understanding of the U.S. defense budget and the resource requirements to sustain America’s preeminent global military position.

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