Recently the Coalition for the Common Defense released an ad titled “Next Fiscal Year.” The spot seeks to demonstrate the absurdity of across the board sequestration defense cuts totaling $600 billion dollars.
These cuts are part of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and are in addition to $487 billion already agreed to as part of the bill. They are set to take effect if the White House and Senate cannot work with the House of Representatives to avert sequestration.
The satirical vignette features a soldier in the field who is preempted by an overzealous bureaucrat seeking to implement the President’s “new cost-effective defense strategy.” While the ad is quite funny, the underlying message is not. Sequestration will put our troops in danger and deny them the tools necessary to defend America.
Sadly the content of this ad may not be too far from the truth. I previously reported here on Carter-era training techniques that involved using wooden guns during live combat training and paper plates to simulate landmines.
What is at stake if sequestration goes into effect?
200,000 soldier and Marines separated from service resulting in the smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest Navy since 1915, and the smallest Air Force in history. These cuts would be devastatingly economically as well. The Center for Security Policy recently concluded that sequestration would result in $62.9 billion dollars in direct losses to the private sector next year and another study by Second to None calculated job losses totaling over 1 million.
If all these cuts take effect and the military loses $1.2 trillion dollars in funding over the next 10 years, it will be calamitous to our security and devastating to our economy.
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