Pentagon: Future may hold cuts for personnel, weapons

03/12/2013 | Reuters

The Defense Department wants Congress to allow it flexibility in how it handles sequestration cuts, but even if it had that authority, the cuts plus having to operate on last year's budget until a new one is authorized means troop and weapons cuts could be coming down the road, officials say. "I believe we're going to have to begin to reduce force structure immediately and significantly," said Christine Fox, director of the Pentagon's Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. "In order to make the immediate $50 billion a year cuts, we are going to have no choice but to gut modernization [of weapons and equipment]."

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