The administration has been trying to quell concerns about the scheduled cuts, which are part of the “fiscal cliff” that will take effect in January if Congress fails to act. Congressional Republicans passed a budget bill that would avert the cuts, but it has stalled in the Senate.
On Tuesday, retired Major Gen. Bob Scales told Fox News that the military is experiencing a “sense of unease” over what lies ahead as the nation winds down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Force our young men and women to go to war unprepared, without sufficient numbers to win in the future.”
Former two-time Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told Fox News following the debate that defense spending has dropped from 10 percent to 4 percent of GNP since the 1950s and 60s.
This administration has imposed on future generations is a result of defense spending is simply false, it is not the case,” said Rumsfeld. “The growth of expenditures is clearly in entitlements, there’s no question about that.
“President Obama’s comment about ‘horses and bayonets’ was an insult to every sailor who has put his or her life on the line for our country,” tweeted Virginia GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Fred Fleitz, the longtime U.S. intelligence officer and the managing editor of Lignet.com, Newsmax Media’s “I thought it was very insulting, because we do still use bayonets. And we have to have a robust navy to defend our security.”
The pro-defense Center for Security Policy think tank, for example, has estimated that sequestration could cost swing-state Iowa some $406 million in economic activity — and nearly 5,000 jobs.
One indication the administration is sensitive on the sequestration issue: It has promised to cover the severance costs incurred by defense contractors, as long as they do not send out the ordinary notice of potential layoffs to their employees.
Since 1988, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act has required companies by federal law to give employees at least 60 days of notice prior to potential plant closings or layoffs, or be liable for financial penalties. Democrats have said issuing the notices could needlessly alarm employees, as no one can say whether Congress will act to head off the defense budget cuts that are scheduled to take effect in January. “The sequester . . . will not happen.”. Republicans say they have been trying for months to engage the president on averting the cuts.
Sources—reuters, fox, david patten, newsmax