Current State of Readiness of U.S. Forces in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2016 and the Future Years Defense Program, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, March 25, 2015 [open pdf - 402KB]
This is from the March 25, 2015 hearing on, "The Current State of Readiness of U.S. Forces in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2016 and the Future Years Defense Program," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of Kelly Ayotte: "The preeminent responsibility of the Federal Government is to provide for the common defense. In order to fulfill this foundational responsibility of our Government, Congress has been explicitly charged, in Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution, with the authority and responsibility to raise and support armies, and provide and maintain the Navy. We have to begin with an objective assessment of our national security interests and the threats that we're facing around the world. We then should determine what defense capabilities and capacities we need in order to protect our interests against likely threats. That is how you develop a defense budget that keeps America safe. Unfortunately, that's not what we have been seeing with the impact of sequester in Washington. Rather than a reality-based, strategy- based defense budgets, we are seeing that the impact of sequester is deeply disconnected from the many threats that we face around the world right now. In fact, in testimony before the Armed Services Committee earlier this year, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, I think summed up the current situation very well. He said, 'In my 50-plus years in the intelligence business, I don't know of a time that has been more beset by challenges and crises around the world. As these threats have grown in complexity and severity, the defense budget cuts have created a growing and troubling gap between the military we need and the military our national security interests require. The consequences of failing to address this are grave.''' Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel B. Allyn, Michelle J. Howard, John M. Paxton, and Larry O. Spencer.
S. Hrg. 114-63; Senate Hearing 114-63
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