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Outgoing Army Secretary Blasts Congressional Budget Politics

“On Monday, Army Secretary John McHugh criticized his former fellow lawmakers for not providing clear and predictable funding for the U.S. military,” Defense One reports. “McHugh also had strong words for Beltway types who favor a smaller force with a smaller budget.”  

“McHugh departs a Pentagon that is relying yet again on temporary funding to keep the doors open and troops paid. The current measure lasts through December, and there’s talk on Capitol Hill of extending it through next year. ‘The critical issue’ facing the Army right now, McHugh said, is getting beyond budget caps, continuing resolutions, and the uncertainty they foster. McHugh wants more room for Army planners to breathe and for commanders to operate in the face of fast-moving and unpredictable threats.”