Pentagon chief warns of 'readiness crisis' over spending cuts
February 6th, 2013
10:30 AM ET

Pentagon chief warns of 'readiness crisis' over spending cuts

Furloughed workers, reduced combat readiness, shrunken naval operations and cuts to Air Force flying hours and weapons maintenance.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listed those consequences as he provided a stark warning Wednesday about the effects of impending budget cuts on the military. The result, he said, would be "the most serious readiness crisis" faced by the military in over a decade.

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  1. saywhat

    Military bases girdling the globe, wastage, unaccounted billions & spending we just get a whiff of at times, wars & interventions that cost dearly & are hardly sustainable .

    February 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Just to give you an idea.
    D.Rumsfeld ex-Defense secy had admitted that $2.3 trillion were missing and unaccounted for in Sept of 2001.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. justeye

    Its this guys job to tell us we need war, not credible for an answer.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ancient Texan

    After every Democratic administration, the military has to start rebuilding and trying to replace missing parts and repairing neglected equipment.

    February 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You mean, like diectly after Clinton's administration, when GWB decimated the surplus and neglected to put the defense budget into the general budget? Like that?

      February 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ronvan

    As a Ret. Viet Nam Army Vet. I am always pro military! However, WE, the everyday person, are NOT in the loop nor do we know exactly how many modern & "futuristic" weapons on hand. Do MORE WITH LESS is OK, but what about the "foot soldier"? The ones that have to put "boots on the ground" to COMPLETE a mission! Soooo, as long as technology will save lives and we CONTINUE to have the "foot soldier", in adequate numbers, to finish the job, the reduction in forces will always be there.

    February 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ronvan

    Saywhat: Have to agree with your comment! IF WE, supposedly have the technology, intelligence, etc., to protect OUR country then WHY continue to keep troops in large numbers overseas? the old "in our national security" interests is really getting old!

    February 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    @ saywhat and @ ronvan, i agree. And Congress had already budgeted the military way more than they had requested so its perfectly logical that cuts be made there.

    February 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ancient Texan

    Banasy- There was no surplus, Clinton was counting Social Security receipts as part of general revenue. When we went to Iraq we were short all kinds of ordinance, including body armor for Humvees.

    February 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    Give me a break. US military can beat any other military in the world with its decommissioned plane rusting in Tuscon graveyard. We spend more than the next 20 army combined. Close half the 1200 overseas bases, retire half the 11 aircraft carrier naval group, get rid of half the plane that have already replaced by drones and we could still beat Russia 10 times.

    February 6, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
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