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Pentagon: US military potential under threat of degradation due to the crisis

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Pentagon: US military potential under threat of degradation due to the crisisThe head of the US Department of Defense, Chuck Hagel, said Tuesday that spending cuts under the sequester of the US federal budget threatened to reduce the capacity of the United States military.


“The current overly harsh, abrupt, deep cuts threaten the degradation of military capabilities,” said Hagel, speaking at an event organized by the Munich Security Conference in the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

He recalled that in the framework of the sequestration, which has been in effect since March of the current year, the 500 billion-dollar Pentagon spending cutback for 10 years is planned, in addition to the already approved cost cutting of 487 billion.

Only in the fiscal year that began in October, the Pentagon is threatened with the loss of 52 billion dollars, Hagel specified, RIA "News».

“These cuts are too fast, too big, too sharp and irresponsible,” said the head of the Pentagon.

In addition, according to him, in the absence of a normal budget, it is difficult for the Pentagon to plan its operations. Hagel called on legislators in Congress for a “more strategic approach” and expressed the hope that Republicans and Democrats would agree to adopt a budget.

Hagel also named a number of areas in which the Pentagon intends to save money. The US needs to get more mobile and flexible units with a smaller number, give priority to military units in relation to the garrisons, try to keep an uncontrolled increase in costs.

Also, according to Hagel, one cannot avoid “tough decisions” to reduce the payroll fund, which takes half of the Pentagon’s budget.

At the same time, the US military budget still accounts for about 40% of world expenditures in this area, and many other major players are allies of the USA, the Minister of Defense specified. "The adaptation of the armed forces is necessary so that they remain strong, efficient, and the first in the world," Hagel concluded.

Recall, October 18 Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel has already stated that fiscal uncertainty may affect the US defense capability.

Prior to this, the United States had been in a state of crisis for some time, caused by the lack of a budget for the 2014 fiscal year that began on October 1, as well as the threat of default on its debt obligations.

October 17 Congress finally passed a compromise bill, which was immediately signed by President Barack Obama.

The document provides for raising the debt ceiling and temporary funding of federal ministries and departments, which then resumed their work.

According to the agreement between the Democrats and the Republicans, the government will be provided with funds until January 15 and will be able to continue borrowing until February 7 in 2014. During this time, the administration and the Congress will have to reach an agreement on the parameters of the budget, otherwise the threat of a crisis will arise again.
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  1. makarov
    makarov 6 November 2013 10: 30
    +5
    The Americans were "blown away", their arms race is no longer comparable to the Chinese one. I think even all the expenses of the bloc cannot be kept up with the Chinese. It’s like a union, a union, and the money is separated.
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 6 November 2013 10: 34
      +3
      Quote: makarov
      The Americans were "blown away", their arms race is no longer comparable to the Chinese

      Chinas have nothing to do with it, it is simply not possible to conduct military operations without Coca Cola and a roll of toilet paper laughing
      1. nickname 1 and 2
        nickname 1 and 2 6 November 2013 16: 50
        +2
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        without Coca-Cola and toilet roll


        and without diapers?
      2. nickname 1 and 2
        nickname 1 and 2 6 November 2013 16: 51
        0
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        without Coca-Cola and toilet roll


        and without diapers?
      3. nickname 1 and 2
        nickname 1 and 2 6 November 2013 16: 53
        0
        Quote: Alexander Romanov
        without Coca-Cola and toilet roll


        and without diapers?
    2. Trailer
      Trailer 6 November 2013 10: 46
      +3
      Lower and lower and lower!
    3. Airman
      Airman 6 November 2013 10: 53
      +3
      These statements are to appease public opinion that Americans are cutting their military budgets. In fact, all rearmament and modernization programs both worked and will work. The deceit of Americans is known throughout the world.
      1. Migari
        Migari 6 November 2013 11: 41
        +2
        I agree, and here is the evidence: Washington is ready to accept a plan for costly modernization of American nuclear weapons stationed in Europe, despite the overall cut in defense spending by the Pentagon. The "Life Extension Program" for the B61 nuclear bombs will cost $ 8,1 billion, Jane's reported.
    4. Lord of the Sith
      Lord of the Sith 6 November 2013 15: 44
      +1
      Well, in general, the military budgets of countries are as follows:

      US 549,900 billion

      China 114,200 billion

      Russia 71,200 billion

      Great Britain 58,985 billion

      France 58,244 billion

      Japan 56,907 billion

      Germany 45,200 billion

      Saudi Arabia 45,050 billion

      India 36,000 billion

      Italy 34,730 billion

      South Korea 28,940 billion

      Australia 24,802 billion

      Brazil 23,972 billion

      North Korea 22,066 billion

      Canada 18,695 billion

      Spain 17,700 billion

      Israel 14,900 billion

      Netherlands 12,000 billion

      Turkey 11,791 billion

      Taiwan 10,500 billion

      Greece 7,934 billion

      Pakistan 7,800 billion

      Iran 7,500 billion

      Singapore 7,129 billion

      Sweden 6,309 billion

      Mexico 6,070 billion

      Switzerland 5,448 billion

      Chile 5,193 billion

      Poland 5,000 billion

      Argentina 4,300 billion

      South Africa 4,067 billion
  2. JonnyT
    JonnyT 6 November 2013 10: 31
    +3
    impotence has come wassat
    1. Nayhas
      Nayhas 6 November 2013 10: 37
      -6
      Quote: JonnyT
      impotence has come

      Yeah, Russia and China to the level of the United States more than a century to creep in the tail, i.e. play catch-up and not the fact that they’ll catch up ...
      1. Airman
        Airman 6 November 2013 10: 57
        +5
        Quote: Nayhas
        Quote: JonnyT
        impotence has come

        Yeah, Russia and China to the level of the United States more than a century to creep in the tail, i.e. play catch-up and not the fact that they’ll catch up ...


        While they are free to print green candy wrappers, and pay them with the whole world, neither Russia nor China can catch up with their costs.
        1. Nayhas
          Nayhas 6 November 2013 23: 50
          0
          Quote: Povshnik
          While they are free to print green candy wrappers, and pay them with the whole world, neither Russia nor China can catch up with their costs.

          Here the money is not the most important thing, China spends not much less on defense (taking into account the cost of slave labor), but there is not much exhaust, it will catch up for a long time. Russia, having collapsed the education system at a high rate, is losing the potential that was created during the USSR. Sorry, there are no miracles, probably more than one million engineers worked for the military-industrial complex of the USSR to keep their aircraft in good shape, it is clear that now with the development of design systems so much is not needed, but observing statistics on universities there are no illusions ...
      2. JonnyT
        JonnyT 6 November 2013 11: 26
        +3
        You are talking about the US Armed Forces as something supernatural and super-technological .... their huge military expenses are the result of hard sawing, estimates are swelling and sawing ..... capitalists are doing everything for profit and not efficiency .... Russia and China are not very much behind the US .... maybe only in the field of UAVs, robotics
    2. a52333
      a52333 6 November 2013 10: 44
      +1
      They will slowly go "into the shell" for a reboot. From there they will crawl out by others. The nuclear umbrella will not give to anyone. China is also being prepared for the reboot:
      In a series of explosions in front of the provincial committee of the Chinese Communist Party in the north of the country, one person was killed and eight injured, Xinhua reports.

      According to police, explosions of improvised bombs occurred in a bus that stopped at the building.

      According to the BBC, there were seven or eight explosions.
      1. Botanologist
        Botanologist 6 November 2013 22: 06
        0
        Quote: a52333
        They will slowly go "into the shell" for a reboot. From there they will crawl out by others.


        Often you crawl out of the shell, and around someone’s stomach, in the best case, a pan.
    3. AVV
      AVV 6 November 2013 16: 17
      +1
      The hegemon has sintered, or is yet to come! In January there will again be bullfighting, Obama will butting Congress, raising the ceiling of public debt !!!
  3. Cartoon
    Cartoon 6 November 2013 10: 34
    0
    Very good news :) If the US runs out of steam, the rest have a chance to catch up, and it is not yet known who will be the first at the finish.
  4. Nayhas
    Nayhas 6 November 2013 10: 35
    +2
    The whining of the military-industrial complex sharks began ... In the near future, the Pentagon and Congress will be shaken by the screams of "EVERYTHING IS LOST !!!", as well as regular horror stories about the power of China and Russia ...
  5. major071
    major071 6 November 2013 10: 36
    +5
    How much the rope does not curl - anyway the end will be. Apparently he is already close, a little bit left.
  6. pensioner
    pensioner 6 November 2013 10: 42
    +1
    Thoughtful viduha with him. Only on the point he was removed. In TV something looks different: de Bill moron fool .
  7. ReifA
    ReifA 6 November 2013 10: 46
    +1
    If the trend continues, we will finally witness the next policy of self-isolation of America, which cannot but rejoice. Tired already, in each hole a cork.
  8. Migari
    Migari 6 November 2013 11: 00
    0
    These reductions are not so great unfortunately: the United States occupies a "starry" position, far outstripping all other countries in spending: $ 682 billion in 2012 and 39% of the global share of defense spending (an increase compared to 2003 year by 32%).
  9. Migari
    Migari 6 November 2013 11: 00
    0
    These reductions are not so great unfortunately: the United States occupies a "starry" position, far outstripping all other countries in spending: $ 682 billion in 2012 and 39% of the global share of defense spending (an increase compared to 2003 year by 32%).
  10. makarov
    makarov 6 November 2013 11: 51
    0
    Quote: Alexander Romanov
    it’s just not possible to conduct military operations without Coca Cola and a roll of toilet paper

    Forgive the tweak; Coca and Cola
  11. makarov
    makarov 6 November 2013 11: 53
    0
    Quote: retired
    Thoughtful viduha with him.

    Maybe filmed when t.s. physiologically out of need like?
  12. Yun Klob
    Yun Klob 6 November 2013 12: 44
    0
    They are for the sake of sight, for us, allegedly, they are cutting, but in fact they are preparing for war, they are already turning the rust.
  13. Ihrek
    Ihrek 6 November 2013 12: 55
    0
    If they reduce it, then there will be less evil in the world.
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  15. kmike
    kmike 6 November 2013 15: 08
    0
    On the one hand, it’s good, but on the other: it’s dangerous for the poor to trust such dangerous weapons.
  16. SkyMaXX
    SkyMaXX 6 November 2013 17: 33
    0
    Let the paw become rogue.
  17. SkyMaXX
    SkyMaXX 6 November 2013 17: 33
    0
    Let the paw become rogue.
  18. Director
    Director 7 November 2013 00: 01
    0
    The Pentagon is cutting costs by attracting PMCs, private military companies that will gradually replace U.S. military personnel. This practice has been widely used in Iraq. PMCs are much cheaper. They can be equipped with non-US citizens and used in remote theaters of war as a living force.