Defense Analysts Slam Pentagon for Ignoring Sequester

April 10, 2013

The Pentagon’s 2014 budget hit the defense think-tank world with a big thud Wednesday.

Defense analysts were not impressed by the $526.6 billion 2014 Pentagon budget released Wednesday, which set spending $52 billion above the spending caps set by sequestration.

Their chief complaint was that the Pentagon is unlikely to actually get a 2014 budget near that funding level, unless there’s a drastic change to the budget gridlock that results in a deal to avert sequester.

At the moment, there's little political momentum in Congress toward reversing the sequester cuts.

“The outlook for a grand bargain is no more likely today than it was when the super committee met and failed nearly two years ago. That increases the irrelevance of the 2014 defense budget request,” said Mackenzie Eaglen, a defense analyst at the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute.

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