Cuts Set to Hit Top Defense Staff

Posted July 19, 2013 at 11:38am

“Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will likely cut the staffs of the his office, the joint chiefs of Staff and the combatant commands by 20 percent if sequestration continues into next fiscal year,” Defense One reports.

“Under the Budget Control Act of 2011 — which birthed sequestration — the Pentagon is required to trim $37 billion from this year’s budget, resulting so far in 11 forced days of furloughs for its civilian workforce… In enacting the furloughs, Hagel has made sure that each of the services share in the pain. This new proposed cut is in that same vein — if everyone is taking cuts, then the top officials will have to face cuts, too.”