Pentagon Official: No Plan To Counter Sequestration

July 17, 2012

Despite the "dire consequences" to U.S. national security of congressionally-threatened budgetary sequestration, the Pentagon has no plans to mitigate anticipated damage to domestic and international cooperative programs, a DoD official said.

Instead, Pentagon leaders are counting on lawmakers "to do the right thing" and remove legislation mandating an automatic $500 billion in long-term, across-the-board budget cuts before they take effect come Jan. 1, the official said.

"We do not have a Plan B," Kathleen Hicks, principal Deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, told a July 17 gathering here of the U.S. National Guard State Partnership Program. 

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