ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – As lawmakers in Washington, D.C. continue to fight over the best way to address the debt crisis, the clock keeps ticking down to “sequestration,” when hundreds of billions of dollars will be slashed from the military budget starting in March.
Officials at AEDC, like their counterparts at U.S. military installations everywhere, have begun planning for the worst.
According to Politico.com, sequestration is the formal word for mandatory cuts to federal programs. In literal terms, the money is being “sequestered” from the affected agencies because although the money may have been authorized by Congress, that spending is now prohibited. The sequester was included in last year’s debt limit law and was intended as a repercussion of the deficit supercommittee did not devise a complete package to cut the deficit. If the sequestration kicks in the cuts to the military alone would amount to more than $500 billion.
Air Force leaders delivered guidance to the force recently, telling them to begin planning for the uncertain budget environment ahead.
“Even though we’re not presuming this worst case will occur, prudent planning for the third and fourth quarters is required,” Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley said at a Jan. 11 press briefing.
By ANDREA AGARDY, Tullahoma News Staff Writer (Additional information from AEDC press releases)
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