In a move that could slightly soften the blow of sequestration, the Air Force is preparing to reduce spending in advance of across-the-board cuts. The service will cancel nonessential travel, trim base repairs and halt civilian hiring, according to guidance sent by leaders to Air Force commands this week. Jamie Morin, acting undersecretary of the Air Force, said there would be savings as a result of the steps "but nothing on the scale of sequestration."

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