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Hearing to Receive Testimony on the Current Readiness of U.S. Forces in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program: Hearing Before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, April 18, 2013   [open pdf - 621KB]

This testimony compilation is from the April 18, 2013 hearing, "Hearing to Receive Testimony on the Current Readiness of U.S. Forces in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support. From the opening statement of Jeanne Shaheen: "The Readiness Subcommittee meets today at a pivotal moment to discuss the current readiness of our forces. Our men and women in uniform continue to be burdened by sequestration cuts enacted by the Budget Control Act of 2011, which, if they remain in place, as I'm sure you all will testify today, will significantly impact the services' ability to conduct training, maintenance, and to sustain their readiness. Currently, the DOD will incur several billions of dollars in reductions to its vital operation and maintenance budget accounts in fiscal year 2013. As we've learned from our many past Readiness Subcommittee hearings, for the last several years readiness rates have consistently declined. However, I worry that this new crisis represents an even greater loss of surge capability, risks the grounding of pilots who may lose flight certification, erodes aircrew readiness, and foreshadows the hallmarks of a hollow force if our ground troops can't train above the squad level. It's important to note that the impact of sequestration will be felt, not only in our Active components, but also in our National Guard and Reserve." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeanne Shaheen, John F. Campbell, Mark E. Ferguson, III, John M. Paxton, Jr., and Larry O. Spencer.

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