Saturday, March 2, 2013

Pentagon's Sequestration Briefing - -March 1, 2013

In his first press briefing as defense secretary, Chuck Hagel discusses the onset of the sequester and the grave impact it will have on national security and military readiness during a briefing at the Pentagon, March 1, 2013. After taking initial questions from reporters, Hagel introduced Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who provided details on the impending steep cuts. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett

Chuck Hagel On Defense Budget Cuts Under Sequestration: 'We're Adjusting To The Realities' -- NBC

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that the cuts under sequestration “will cause pain” and potentially impact readiness ”across our force,” but avoided any doomsday scenario for the impact on national security. Hagel also expressed optimism the White House and Congress would come to an agreement to head off any serious consequences.

In his first briefing for reporters, Hagel said America “has the most capable, the most powerful fighting force in the world” and the Pentagon will “not allow this capacity to erode.” Hagel added “we’ll do what we need to do to assure the capabilities of our forces.”

“We’re adjusting to the realities.”

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More News On Today's Pentagon Sequestration Briefing

Main page on Sequestration -- US Department of Defense
Secretary Details Results of Sequestration Uncertainty -- US Department Of Defense
Hagel Notes Sequester’s ‘Particular Pain’ for Civilians -- US Department of Defense
Hagel Says Pentagon Will Do What’s Needed to Manage Cuts -- Bloomberg Businessweek
Chuck Hagel: Sequestration Won't Erode U.S. Military -- Huffington Post/AP
US Defense Secretary Hagel scolds budget cuts -- Global Post/AFP
Hagel says budget cuts put Pentagon missions at risk -- Reuters
Sequester will hurt military readiness, Chuck Hagel says
-- Kansas City/McClatchy News
Hagel Tries to Restore Normalcy to Defense -- US News And World Report
Hagel on sequestration: DoD will adjust -- Army Times
Hagel, Pentagon announce initial spending cut -- USA Today
Hagel warns against cuts, assures consensus will be reached -- Washington Times
Hagel still hopeful on sequestration deal -- Stars and Stripes

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