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Military Leaders Lay Out the Price
By Harold Hutchison

Senior military leaders laid out the price that the armed services would pay if the sequestration cuts went into effect in testimony before Congress on 12 February.

"We will be compelled to delay the start of construction of John F. Kennedy, CVN 79, the completion of America, LHA 6, as well as cancel procurement of an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and hundreds of weapons. Without congressional authority the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) must remain moored at Naval Station Norfolk rather than start her overall, and we will not be able to complete the current overhaul of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)," said Adm. Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

"Roughly two-thirds of our active-duty combat Air Force units will curtail home station training, beginning in March, and will drop below acceptable readiness levels by mid-May," said Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff. "Most will be completely non-mission capable by July."

The Army would also face serious cuts, warned Army Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno.

"I know what it takes to prepare this nation's sons and daughters for war. I know what it takes to grow leaders in our Army. I know what is required to send Soldiers into combat, and I've seen the consequences when they are sent unprepared," he said.