MONTEREY, Calif., Aug. 23, 2011 — Citing the myriad threats facing the United States, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today that one of the biggest challenges to U.S. national defense is the so-called “doomsday mechanism” that will trigger across-the-board budget cuts if Congress doesn’t make the decisions necessary to avert it.
Speaking to a standing-room-only audience at the Navy Postgraduate School’s King Hall here, Panetta told the students and faculty the across-the-board reductions could take another $500 billion to $600 billion from the defense budget.
“It will be devastating to the defense budget, resulting in a hollowed force, weakened U.S. defenses and an inability to meet U.S. alliance obligations,” he said. “It will break faith with troops and their families.”
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