In a BBC report, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the Pentagon was concerned “we’re running out of time” and quick action is needed to meet the looming changes in their budget. Fiscal cliff concerns, and failing legislative budget agreements, have forced defense cuts of $50 billion.
Each branch of military service has until Feb. 1 to provide plans to reduce short-term spending, Mr. Carter said.
In addition to the temporary worker layoffs, cuts could come to the Pentagon’s civilian sector. Mr. Carter said one option was to cut one work day from each of the 800,000 civilian employees’ weekly work schedule. That could save $5 billion, he said.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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