Army: We Can’t Meet Joint Needs With Smaller Budget
Recent gains in readiness and modernization are fragile, Army leaders warned, and budget cuts would undermine the service’s ability to help the Joint Force.
By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on April 27, 2021 at 4:26 PM
WASHINGTON: The Army’s already cut the fat from its budget and further cuts would jeopardize readiness, modernization and the ability to meet joint demands, service leaders said today. This is clearly part of a counterattack to protect the service from what its very own former Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, has predicted would be a budgetary “bloodletting” as funds move to air and naval forces to counter China.
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The Army has only recently recovered from the 2013 sequestration and the steep Budget Control Act cuts that followed, acting Army Secretary John Whitley said during a CNAS webcast. (Whitley was appointed an assistant Army secretary under Trump and is running the service pending confirmation of Biden’s appointee, the well-regarded Christine Wormuth).https://breakingdefense.com/2021/04/army-we-cant-meet-joint-needs-with-smaller-budget/