Readiness in the Age of Austerity, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Readiness of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, Hearing Held October 27, 2011   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the statement of Mark E. Ferguson III: "In an era of declining budgets we are ever mindful of the lessons of the past when we assess force readiness. Taken in sum or in parts, low personal quality, aging equipment, degradation in material readiness, and reduced training will inevitably lead to declining readiness of the force. We remain committed to maintaining our Navy as the world's pre-eminent maritime force. And to do so, we must sustain a proper balance among the elements of current readiness, and to the long-term, and those longterm threats to our national security. Those elements or readiness may be simply stated. Sustain the force structure that possesses the required capabilities to pace the threat. Man that force with high quality personnel with the requisite skills and experience. Support with it adequate inventories of spare parts and weapons. Sustain the industrial base that sustains that force, and exercise it to be operationally proficient and relevant. So our objective and challenge in this period of austerity will be to keep the funding for current and future readiness in balance, and holding acceptable level of risk in the capacity of those forces to meet the requirements of the combatant commanders. How we shape ourselves in this environment must be driven by strategy. And we feel that is extraordinarily important." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Madeleine Z. Bordallo, J. Randy Forbes, Philip M. Breedlove, Peter W. Chiarelli, Joseph F. Dunford, and Mark E. Ferguson.

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H.A.S.C. No. 112-84; House Armed Services Committee No. 112-84
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