A smaller, less-equipped military that's unready for world challenges: That's the picture the Pentagon painted for members of Congress this week, if sequestration cuts aren't reduced or delayed. The cuts call for $54 billion in reductions next year and half a trillion over the next decade. "It will be truly shameful if we allow this force to travel further down the path to becoming hollow," Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee. "We need your help in removing the risk of financial uncertainty."

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