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On the Record

Serious Adverse Effects
"Today, the Department of Defense faces some enormous budgetary uncertainty, really unparalleled in my experience. The possibility of sequestration starting on March 1, [2013]. By the end of March, it could mean a $46 billion reduction in our total topline, nine percent in all of our accounts, except military personnel, including our wartime accounts. . . . The sum of all those effects means we are seriously short of operations and maintenance funds if sequestration goes into effect and the [continuing resolution] stays in effect. And this will have serious adverse effects on readiness."
—Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale briefing reporters in the Pentagon, Feb. 20, 2013.

On the Record

Almost Immediately
"Sequestration will have an almost immediate effect on our ability to respond to multiple concurrent operations around the globe, something that we've been asked to do, along with our sister services, many times in the past. Longer term, sequestration cuts Air Force modernization, will impact every one of our investment programs. These program disruptions will, over time, cost more taxpayer dollars to rectify contract breaches, time delay, and efficiencies. They'll raise unit costs and they'll delay delivery of validated capabilities to warfighters in the field."
—Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on the impact of the steep, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, Feb. 14, 2013. If Congress does not act to prevent it, the sequester will go into effect on March 1, 2013.

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