SOCOM not immune from funding cuts hitting the military

The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will have to struggle to maintain its readiness posture if sequestration is not avoided and Congress decides to use another continuing resolution to fund the Defense Department for the remainder of 2013, Defense News reports the command's leadership said at a Jan. 29 industry conference in Washington.

The command might lose $1 billion in funding if Congress opts for another continuing resolution, SOCOM commander ADM William McRaven said at the National Defense Industrial Association Special Operations conference.

MG Michael Repass, commander of SOCOM’s European command, said his command might lose as much as 23 percent of its funding this year to conduct Building Partner Capacity (BPC) operations under a continuing resolution, the story said.

Nevertheless, plans to continue to grow SOCOM to 70,000 operators remain on track, and the command is working to ensure that it can sustain its readiness in an expanded force, Garry Reid, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense, special operations/low intensity conflict, said in the story.


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