Army memo outlines potential devastating effects of sequestration

The Army has released information this week that outlines the crippling effects of the $18 billion in fiscal 2013 cuts that the service would experience if sequestration takes effect on March 1, and Congress chooses to fund the Defense Department with a continuing resolution for the rest of this year, Defense News reports.

A “Talking Points for Operating Under Fiscal Uncertainty” memo that the service put together for members of Congress reveals that the continuing resolution alone would lead to $6 billion “less than [is] required for supporting combat operations, sustaining unit readiness and transitioning from combat operations in FY14,” the memo said.

Sequestration would remove an additional $5.3 billion from the Army’s Operations & Maintenance accounts, and between $5 billion to $7 billion might be lost for Overseas Contingency Operations requirements that go toward funding operations in Afghanistan, the story said.

Such cuts would be "devastating to training and readiness in FY13 and affects FY14 and beyond,” the memo said.

Other impacts include the cancellation of new depot maintenance orders, cancellation of restoration and modernization projects at Army installations, reductions of orders to several thousand vendors across the country about a one-third of which are at risk for bankruptcy, and delay of post-combat equipment repair for 1,300 vehicles, 14,000 communication devices and 17,000 weapons, the story said.

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