Pentagon told to plan for cuts ahead of fiscal cliff
December 5th, 2012
04:41 PM ET

Pentagon told to plan for cuts ahead of fiscal cliff

The White House has ordered the military to start planning for the possibility of cutting $500 billion from its budget over the next 10 years as part of the fiscal cliff, Pentagon officials said on Wednesday.

Agency spokesman George Little told reporters that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) instructed the Defense Department to start internal planning for possible spending reductions on top of other cuts already in the pipeline.

The military had been ordered for months not to get ready for the automatic budget cuts - also known as sequestration - related to the fiscal cliff that would hit January 2.

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  1. dazzle ©

    Hi Benn, the cost of everything is through the roof. Oh yes, the famous letters in the mail. I got two today saying that my Homeowners Insurance is rising on a home that is up for sale and the second one was that the cost of my daughter's tuition is going up by 5%. The fiscal cliff is already here and the taxpayers are going to get slammed.

    December 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    Benn's post was deleted and my response to it was blocked.

    December 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    With all the political gamesmanship going on, there's one thing that's not going to happen. And that is the gutting of our military programs and our ability to project our political influence throughout the world. There maybe subtle changes in our force structure, but when all the infighting over the "fiscal cliff" is done, our defense forces will be as strong as ever.

    December 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Phili

    'Cuz Benn's a newbie, and you were spotted at The Broadmoor. (famous for being where ex-president George W. Bush took his last drunk) He's and (R), CNN's (D)
    Ya gotta watch stuff like that. Political correctness only goes so-far. Partisan correctness is VITAL to the serious news blogger.
    hey dare @dazzle circle c. 🙂

    December 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. budd mcclure

    Any REPUBLICAN that HAS NOT WALKED AWAY from their "protect the RICH" stance by hiding something that, if known to their voters, would destroy themselves politically and criminally. The one Guy who holds the proof must be GROVER NORQUIST...prob spelled wrong but he's NOTHING to me but a giant ass wart on the GOP.

    December 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @Budd McClure:
      I agree.
      Grover Norquist is nothing but an obstructionist blackmailer.

      December 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    He he. My 'p' fell off.
    550 Billion Dollars! That's a lot of military enti tlement. I wonder if they'll start the trimming by going after those who defraud military enti tlement disabily.
    Many military bases have businesses nearby owned and operated by men claiming to be disabled ex-soldiers. I know of a few myself here local.
    I know this one dude who served as a supply clerk, and now collects 2,800 per mo. plus benefits. He's as healthy as a horse and busts tires for a living, all the while "disabled". His tire shop WAS in his best g/f's name. "Was" b/c after 6 years, he cut and run. Who knows where his next fraud shop will be.

    December 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Wastage in this branch of our establishment is an open secret.
    Congress just the other day passes a colossal annual military budget of nearly $700 billion.

    December 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    What those 700 military bases girdling the globe eat up is anybody's guess @Philip.
    And how have you been. Didn't see ya here for some time?

    December 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    @budd mcclure
    You got it right on Norquist.

    December 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BM


    December 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BM

    Is anyone going to do something about Cnn's Dummies ?
    I haven't been able to post all day !
    Hello saywhat,

    December 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    If we would stop sending billions to all these foreign countrys that would go pretty far in balancing the budget and paying down our deficit, dont y'all agree?

    December 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      @Chrissy .....Foreign aid is about 1% of our national budget. A good percentage of this aid money allows these nations to buy and import US goods..which puts people to work here in the US.

      December 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Sure thing, @little mister. Sorry for upsetting you.

    December 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    I agree.

    December 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
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