Sequester could paralyze Pentagon, CNO says

Implementing $600 billion in sequestered defense cuts next year would be the same as a shutdown for the Defense Department, the chief of naval operations has told a Senate panel, The Hill reports.

Adm. Jonathan Greenert told the Senate Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee the massive planning and preparation needed to implement the cuts would tie up service and department personnel for months and could essentially bring U.S. military operations to a halt, the story said. DOD is facing the possible cuts because of the failure of lawmakers to agree to a $1.2 trillion deficit-reduction plan, the article added.

“We would have our people distracted for months” working on a plan to execute sequestration, Greenert told the panel, the story noted.

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