Sequestration Forcing DoD's Acquisition Programs into 'Damage Limitation' Mode

March 13, 2013

In the Defense Department, operating under a continuing resolution means the military had more money in its overall acquisition accounts for 2013 than it requested. That is, until sequestration took effect, slicing each program's funding by approximately 9 percent.

The Pentagon doesn't plan to cancel any of those programs, at least for now. But it is trying to minimize the damage caused by the cuts.

In the turbulent 2013 federal budget environment, Pentagon leaders are most worried about the shortfalls in their operation and maintenance accounts and the impact on military readiness. The autopilot continuing resolution from 2012 means the O&M accounts are significantly underfunded.

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