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Afghanistan and Nukes to be Protected from Sequestration

Welcome to the first week of sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts that the Pentagon and many agencies have been protesting. The cuts will be felt in nearly all areas of government, but the Pentgaon says they will protect funds used to maintain the U.S. nuclear arsenal and to continue the draw down from Afghanistan, according to an article in The Hill.

Pentagon officials said the sequestration cuts would severely damage other areas of the military, but some Members of Congress are placing the blame for sequestration on the Department of Defense.

From the article:

DOD's decision to postpone sequestration planning until the last minute, combined with the department's long history of excessive spending and mismanagement on several big-ticket weapons programs, set the stage for sequestration to happen. 

"You are part of the problem … you helped cause this," House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) told DOD officials and top military brass during a panel hearing on sequestration last February. 

Read more at The Hill.

By: Andre Francisco
Online Producer, POGO

andre francisco Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

Related Content: Budget, Defense, Sequester

Authors: Andre Francisco

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