1.16.13 Quote of the Week

“And the fact is…we have no idea what the hell’s going to happen.  All told, this uncertainty, if left unresolved by the Congress, will seriously harm our military readiness.”   Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense

During  a rare press conference the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was joined by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey to discuss the devastating budget cuts bearing down on his department. He explained that sequestration, coupled with an expiring continuing resolution and the need to maintain readiness, have combined to be a perfect storm that could threaten to push the department to a “tipping point.”

During the press conference it was made clear by Panetta that sequestration will render our defense strategy unexecutable and leave us with a hollow force incapable of resetting capabilities or responding to emerging national security dangers.

The full transcript from the press conference may be viewed at www.defense.gov.


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