Nov. 7 - U.S. military leaders say sequestration is affecting military readiness, training and more.
ROUGH CUT (NO NARRATION) The chiefs of staff of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines testified on Capitol Hill Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the short and long term effects of sequestration budget cuts on the military. The Department of Defense is looking at deep cuts of $50 billion in the next year and if sequestration is left in place, those budget cuts will likely get even deeper. (SOUNDBITE) GENERAL RAYMOND ODIERNO, U.S. ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF SAYING: "If Congress does not act to mitigate the magnitude, method and speed of the reductions under the Budget Control Act with sequestration, the Army will be forced to make significant reductions in force, structure and end strength. Such reductions will not allow us to execute the 2012 defense strategic guidance and will make it very difficult to conduct even one sustained major combat operation." (SOUNDBITE) GENERAL JAMES AMOS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS "We will have fewer forces arriving less trained, arriving later to the fight. This would delay the build-up of combat power, allow the enemy more time to build its defenses and would likely prolong combat operations altogether. This is a formula for more American casualties."