Panetta stays on point about evils of sequestration

On June 29, the first anniversary of his tenure as defense secretary, Leon Panetta met with the Pentagon press corps to continue voicing his objections to the concept of sequestration, which Panetta believes stands as the “biggest threat”  to “the health of our force, to the well-being of our service members and our families," reports DOD Buzz.

Sequestration continues to dominate the defense dialogue in Washington D.C. with the potential hack of an additional $500 billion out of the defense budget, the story said. Panetta has been relentless in his campaign against sequestration, using each of his speaking engagements as a another chance to persuade Congress to eliminate the uncertainty over whether the Republicans and Democrats can strike a deal before the deadline.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, who accompanied Panetta at the briefing, said troops he has met with are worried over the budget and the potential for sequestration.

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