Official Warns Pentagon Managers Not to Plan for Budget Cuts

September 27, 2012

The Pentagon’s No. 2 official has issued a new warning to Defense Department civilians and commanders not to make any plans for automatic budget cuts that are set to take effect Jan. 2, even as Congress and the White House show no sign of halting the cuts.

In fact, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter does not even want military leaders to suggest in conversation with employees that the cuts might happen.

“I am … directing that all commanders and managers in the Department of Defense continue the defense mission under current laws and policies, without taking any steps that assume sequestration will occur,” Mr. Carter said in a memo Tuesday to top brass, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times.

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