- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 23, 2011


As The Washington Times reported, Virginia’s economy is highly vulnerable to the doomsday mechanism built into this year’s federal budget process (“Va. economic outlook uncertain ahead of budget presentation,” Web, Nov. 12). That’s especially true for defense spending, which could face budget cuts of more than $1 trillion over 10 years if Congress fails to make a deal following the demise of the supercommittee.

The Pentagon predicts that the cuts would add 1 percent to the national unemployment rate, and it’s certain that disproportionate suffering would be inflicted on working families in Virginia, from the military installations in Hampton Roads area to the Pentagon itself.

Defense is the lifeblood of Virginia’s economy. Such cuts also would be catastrophic to national security, according to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. These cuts would slash far beyond fat and into the bone and muscle of America’s military might: fighter jets, Navy and Air Force modernization and next-generation technologies, such as remotely piloted aircraft and missile defense that leaders in both parties agree are essential to keeping America safe.

These cuts will deal both America as a whole and Virginia in particular a devastating blow.


U.S. Air Force (retired)

Franklin, Tenn.

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