Panetta: Curb Military Pay
Defense secretary also fears 'readiness crisis' ahead of sequestration
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 6, 2013 2:07 PM CST
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta delivers his speech to Georgetown University students and faculty on leadership and public service in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Leon Panetta is poised to recommend that military salaries increase just 1% in 2014, thanks to "budget uncertainties," insiders tell CNN. This year, military pay was increased 1.7%, and last year, President Obama took military pay cuts off the table—so Panetta's recommendation will be interpreted as "cutting our pay," says an officer. Meanwhile, the outgoing defense chief raised alarm bells today regarding automatic cuts that could take effect next month, notes a separate CNN story.

Sequestration would prompt "the most serious readiness crisis" the military has seen in more than a decade, Panetta said. Some 46,000 jobs could be lost, Army training reduced, Navy and Air Force operations limited, and some 800,000 civilian workers furloughed, he said. "This is not a game. This is reality. These steps would seriously damage a fragile American economy and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis precisely at a time of rising instability across the globe."

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Feb 7, 2013 12:29 AM CST
Our military's purpose is to enrich the CEOs of the defense industry. If the grunts are underpaid, no problem. It's the American way. Only job creators have value. Everyone else is a taker. Didn't any of you get the memo?
Feb 6, 2013 11:39 PM CST
How about we curb corporate welfare, or the 85 billion a month printed to buy bad mortgage derivatives, or the 45 billion a month we print to buy our own bonds. No need to dig to deep, but there's plenty left to cut without taking pay away from people who are serving the country. What a Joke!
Feb 6, 2013 10:26 PM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... Cut the military pay and get rid of those who do nothing, but give the welfare and those who won't work for anything, more money. --- Yea, give the Obama people more, just like Obama got. -------- REALLY