Defense Cuts Could Be Inevitable: An Exclusive Interview With Rep. Randy Forbes

Randy Forbes

"I am fully expecting to see sequestration in some form beginning in January," Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) told AOL Defense in an exclusive interview. And those automatic cuts -- or even the more targeted cuts likely in any deal to avoid a sequester -- would undermine the nation's new Pacific-focused strategy and the military's AirSea Battle concept to win future ocean wars, said Forbes, who chairs the readiness panel of the House Armed Services Committee.

Congress could strike a deal in 2013 to stop the sequestration cuts before they take full effect -- presumably as part of a larger deal on the "fiscal cliff" to raise the debt ceiling and extend Bush-era tax cuts -- but "I think it will be sometime early spring before we see that," Forbes sighed. "It's going to be very, very difficult to reach that deal before January."

"Now hope springs eternal, Sydney, so obviously I hope something will be reached," Forbes went on. "There's just no indicators [anywhere] that I've seen that would indicate that such a deal is percolating right now."

Many Democrats believe they can get a better deal in 2013 -- something Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said publicly way back in July -- and they argue that the world won't end if sequestration takes effect on Jan. 2. They may have a point, up to a point.

Read the rest of this post on AOL Defense, where it originally appeared.

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grace commission was put together during reagans administration, just one of the ideas was a 10 percent cut across the board in fed expenses. Of course military needs to be cut, two wars are ending.

December 05 2012 at 7:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom Harrell

AIR-SEA BATTLES ? ? --------------I hate to tell ya but CAMELS Can't SWIM.

December 05 2012 at 6:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The military budget is just one place where savings are possible. I know there is at least 5% waste in all fed. spending and as much as 15%. That's why I would support a 10% across-the-board cut in all spending. Here are some better ways: Getting volume discounts from suppliers, expecting higher standards from workers----having 7 employees do the work of 10, buying cheaper supplies---using Fords instead of Lincolns, stepping into the electronic age for financial transactions(direct deposit) and communications(teleconference), emphasizing 401K use, eliminating credit card use, eliminating a few fed. holidays, eliminating 'drive-home' vehicle policies, pushing fair contract bidding practices and getting a far better return on royalties from companies using fed. lands. There are many, many more that need to be looked at but who will do it? The prez likes to tax/ I guess it's up to us thru our reps. in congress.

December 05 2012 at 6:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to .kowalski440mag's comment

Democrats have blocked every attempt to audit their pet programs, for good reason. They don't want the taxpayers to see whoo all they rolled into social programs. We are spending $80 BILLION a year on Food Stampd alone, in an economy that democrats are touting as "improving". We didn't spend that much on the program during the "recession".

The Unemeployment extension is ridiculous, cut it back to 26 weeks as it was inteded. The military has been cuttting its budget and will continue to do so, but the problem doesn't belong on the backs of any one particular segment. BO doesn't want to cut spending in social programs; that is his voting strength..... he's putting politics before his fiscal responsibility!.

December 05 2012 at 8:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Keith's comment

As a vet, I support the military, unfortunately, their budget has more than doubled since 2001, it has not been cut as you believe. Take Social Security & Medicare out of the General budget, given both are self sustaining, and take no budget money to run, and tthe military is 47% of our budget, not including retirement and healthcare.

December 05 2012 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down