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Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Budget cuts threatening US military readiness for war: Pentagon
The US military's capability to stay ahead of potential adversaries would "degrade significantly" if mandatory budget cuts continue, Pentagon officials warned on Saturday. 
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The ability of US armed forces to deploy around the world is in jeopardy and will get worse unless Congress ends the automatic spending cuts, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert told Reuters at a conference at the Reagan Presidential Library.  
 
“Electronic warfare, electronic attack, anti-submarine warfare - all of these higher end areas - will fall further behind because we’re just not investing in them,” he added. 
 
US officials have urged Congress to reverse the federal government’s automatic spending cuts known as “sequestration” which took effect in March, 2013. 
 
During the conference, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral James Winnefeld, said the Pentagon’s procurement of new weapons had slowed, while restoring the military's readiness for new missions has become more difficult. 
 
“We aren’t modernizing as fast as we should in a highly competitive, technical landscape. Almost every element of our forced structure is shrinking while potential threats expand,” he stated. 
 
However, analysts say Washington’s interventionist policy has overstretched the US military around the world. 
 
Numerous surveys show that most Americans are significantly more concerned about the country’s economic problems and their dysfunctional government than perceived foreign threats. 
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