Army Prepares for Workforce Cuts, but Not Sequestration Specifically

October 10, 2012

Army Undersecretary Joseph Westphal said Wednesday the service is not planning any contingencies for sequestration and warned the cuts would threaten the Army’s stability.

Speaking at an event the Government Executive Media Group hosted, Westphal said any systematic planning for sequestration -- automatic, governmentwide across-the-board cuts set to go into effect on Jan. 2, 2013 -- would create a “self-fulfilling prophecy” toward eliminating programs.

He added even if the cuts do not go into effect, there will be a reduction in the Army’s civilian workforce due to outstanding budget constraints and the personnel buildup that resulted from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Now that were going back to a more balanced force,” Westphal said, “were going to probably need to reduce our workforce.”

He highlighted attrition, reduction in redundancies and a cutback on contractors as ways to decrease the number of Army employees.

The undersecretary discussed how the Army is modernizing and emphasized the need to train and educate its soldiers and civilian workers.

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