Citing halted development programs, hiring freezes, and narrowing technological advantages, the acquisitions chiefs warned members of the
"Maintaining current readiness and forward presence to the extent possible under sequestration comes at expense to our investment in future readiness. In fiscal year 2014 alone, absent congressional action or mitigating circumstances, the continuing resolution and sequestration would cause cancelled procurements of up to three major warships and 25 aircraft," said
"Our capacity to maintain expertise in science and technology, engineering, contracting, cost estimation [and] logistics are all at risk because one of the most attractive benefits to the government employee -- the stability -- has been undermined," she said.
"Every major development suffers delay, or reduction, or cancellation in this budget environment where uncertainty seemingly guides every decision," Stackley said.
The acquisitions chiefs said sequestration will end up costing the
More than 192
Under the continuing resolution, the services are not permitted to change how funds are appropriated from one year to the next, leaving some accounts with excess cash while others are underfunded. In fiscal year 2013,
The inflexible funding means the
"We'll lose somewhere between four and five airplanes in '14. And I could go through some other programs," he added.
Besides the impacts on procurement, sequestration's effects on the civilian workforce will continue to be felt nationwide, Stackley said.
"As many as 100,000 professional jobs are at risk as a result to the potential cuts to
Ultimately, the ability to be good stewards of public funds depends upon a stable, predictable and adequate funding environment, Shyu said. Absent such an environment, the lives of service members and the safety and security of the nation are placed at risk, she added.
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