Panetta orders military cost-cutting in case Congress stalemates on spending
January 10th, 2013
06:23 PM ET
10 years ago

Panetta orders military cost-cutting in case Congress stalemates on spending

(CNN) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered the military to begin implementing cost-cutting measures aimed at mitigating the risk of significant budget cuts should Congress fail to reach a deal in coming months to avert or soften them.

"We have no idea what the hell is going to happen," Panetta said Thursday.


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  1. Larry L

    It's a sad state of affairs when our military planners must play guessing games with the Congress. The last half of my military career was spent operating under a series of continuing resolutions. Had those of us in uniform performed as poorly as the Congress we would have been fired – or jailed.

    January 10, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. DumbasRocks [R]s

    About time. Defense spending contains aggregated within it the largest single source of WASTED federal funds. Any talk about cutting waste from the federal budget is just so much drivel if the defense budget is not included.

    Now let's all count-down until we see the knee-jerk reactions from the usual rightwing squirrels on here........

    January 10, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This makes sense because Congress can't get things done in a timely fashion. There are many things to be done with the DoD; need to make sense of the budgeting so that contractors don't get over paid.

    January 10, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Good , young men and women should be going to college , learning how to live a life in the real world.

    We have enough hardware to kill everybody in the world three times.

    we spend way to much on our military budget !

    January 11, 2013 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  5. Name lynn

    what have the military services done to you all, an the congress wants to cut spending what the heck. What if the president tell the white house leaders an them republicans an boehner their pay checks will be cut then what will they say an do then.

    January 11, 2013 05:02 am at 5:02 am |