More than $1 trillion in cuts to defense spending due to sequestration slated for now through 2021 “would significantly increase risks both in the short- and long-term,” according to a report released Monday by the Pentagon.
The Pentagon, under intense pressure to maintain American military might in an era of sequestration and falling budgets, is considering the elimination of Stars and Stripes and the Pentagon Channel as well as programming cuts to American Forces Network.
U.S. Africa Command is planning for a smaller training mission on the continent as it contends with a shrinking budget brought on by the Pentagon’s fiscal crunch, AFRICOM’s Gen. David Rodriguez said on Thursday.
The last time the chief of Naval Operations visited Oceana Naval Air Station, the base was eerily quiet, with grass grown so high because of sequestration budget cuts that the facility "looked like a hayfield."
Figures provided by the Defense Department to Stars and Stripes show some military progress has been made in the pivot’s inaugural years — even if experts say the pivot came with no yardstick for measuring progress.