Military Officials Warn That Budget Cuts Will Cost American Lives

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: News Flashes

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Last week, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) held a hearing of the House Readiness Subcommittee on threatened budget cuts to our military. Several military officers testified before the committee on how damaging the cuts would be to our national security. Among them were:

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Assistant Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps
“[I]f you took that [forward deployed] force and moved it back to the Continental United States, in the event of a crisis or contingency, it would take months to move that force to the Western Pacific and seven consecutive miracles in terms of synchronizing the planes, trains and automobiles associated with moving that force.”

General Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army“If I had to look around town and read what all the think tanks are saying, they seem to be discounting the requirement for ground forces which is a natural tendency after what we’ve been through in the last 10 years, but every other time we’ve done that in our history, as I indicated before, we have done so on the backs of servicemen and women, soldiers on the ground… let’s be honest. It has cost us lives. It cost us lives at Kasserine Pass. It cost us lives at Task Force Smith in Korea. It cost us lives every single time […] we will end up with a force that is not modernized is an unbalanced force, and in the end, it will cost us lives.”

Admiral Mark E. Ferguson III, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy“We deploy and, in fact, over half our forces are under way, ships and submarines, on a given day and about 40 percent are forward deployed.  The demand for those forces is going up. So we don’t have the luxury of taking them offline for prolonged periods of time. And so the maintenance funding that we have when we bring them home for their turnaround is absolutely essential to sustain that force, to reset it and then prepare to go — both the amphibious lift for the Marines as well as aircraft carriers, submarines and surface ships.”

General Philip M. Breedlove, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force“[T]he future budget scenario which would severely constrict our ability to approach those requirements, those weapons, those new aircraft or other weapons that would give us a capability in this anti access sort of environment. I think that’s where the pressure will be. And quite frankly in some portions of the world if we are not able to break that anti-access environment, I believe that we will be in the position where we will not be able to guarantee that air dominance, or air supremacy to our sea and land forces as we operate over them.”

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