Dire Sequestration Warnings Set Off Debate

March 11, 2013

The United States’ top military officers have warned that sequestration would be “ruinous” for national security. They warned of an era of scant training and little maintenance on aging combat systems. And they warned that a new national defense strategy would be unworkable.

To hear the top generals and admirals tell it, the U.S. military would be reduced to regional-power status.

And in today’s hyperpartisan political environment, such statements have launched a debate as to whether defense leaders “hyped” the effects of the sequestration cuts, which were triggered March 1.

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