UAS & Robotics

DOD planning for major civilian, procurement cuts in fiscal 2014

The Defense Department is preparing to lay off more than 6,200 civilian personnel while cutting procurement of new systems like unmanned aircraft beginning in October if sequestration continues into fiscal 2014, Bloomberg News reported.

According to a draft DOD “execution plan” obtained by Bloomberg News, the proposed cuts to the Pentagon workforce would result in $52 billion in savings. In addition to personnel cuts, a 16 percent reduction is expected in procurement and research spending as well as 12 percent in operations, maintenance and military construction, according to the Aug. 1 draft.

Accounting for sequestration, DOD’s fiscal 2014 budget is expected to be $475 billion, almost 10 percent less than the pending $526.6 billion request.

According to the document, the Navy would have to eliminate the planned purchase of 25 aircraft and an overhaul to the USS George Washington aircraft carrier. The Air Force would delay the purchase of two satellites and reduce purchases of air-to-air and air-to-ground cruise missiles. The Army’s procurement budget would decrease from $5 billion to $3.8 billion, halting the purchase of additional unmanned aerial systems.

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