June 14th, 2012
12:57 PM ET

Dempsey worried about potential half trillion in cuts to defense budget

The top U.S. military official voiced more concerns about the uncertainty over the Pentagon’s budget with the looming threat of an additional half trillion dollar cut, should Congress be unable to reach an agreement about debt reduction by the end of the year.

“I know what the budget did to us with the reduction of $487 billion as a result of the Budget Control Act, but I don’t know what it would do to us with another $500 billion,” Joint Chiefs Chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey told CNN’s Barbara Starr in an interview during the Army 23th birthday celebration. “I know how hard it was to get $487 (billion).”

If another $500 billion was cut from the budget, in a trigger mechanism known as sequestration, Gen. Dempsey said there would be a risk.

“We would certainly be less visible and active globally because we’d have a much smaller force. And nature abhors a vacuum,” he said. “And if we’re not there others will be and that doesn’t mean we have to be the world’s policeman  and all the rhetoric but it does mean we have to engage and build partnerships. We have to live up to our treaty obligations and so forth.”


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    September 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  2. PBJ

    look at it this way scotus better not do anything stupid...it is what it is...

    June 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  3. PBJ

    fun money

    June 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  4. PBJ

    Just one u.s. bank has 358 billion dollars in offsshore accounts

    June 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  5. TJ

    NN and George Patton, I am guessing you are both mildly retarded and completly uninformed. Gen Dempsey serves at the pleasure of your elected officials. He executes the orders from his bosses who are all civilians that YOU elected. Catching a theme here. Military senior leaders attempt to cut spending by closing bases and/or not buying equipment forced on them but they are shut down by a congress that says "cut spending but you cant close bases in my state or you have to buy that equipment or a 1000 people in my state will lose thier jobs." Dont beleive it try google. Our military leaders are in a no win situation so how about owning up to being part of the problem boys. Dont care if you are dem or rep, just do the research, get your facts right, and elect good people that will see the bigger picture and do whats best for America.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
    • Thor the Badass Thunder God

      True, the implications are serious

      June 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • NN

      Seriously, people like Dempsey get where they are exactly because they're politically connected. At his level of influence the game is all about politics and this phony scare-mongering interview is a case in point. Dempsey is little more than a shill for the military-industrial complex, there is very truth in anything he says, he's not worth listening to.

      June 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  6. NN

    Dempsey has no idea where most of the budget goes anyway, so it's no surprise he can't fathom an 10-year $500B cut which is next to nothing for DoD. The claim of ignorance is just so much smoke, these people will say and do anything to keep their money glut.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Well put, NN. It's people like this Martin Dempsey who are the problem as they wish to continue freeloading off of the government. After all, Dempsey is part of the all powerfull M.I.C. which runs almost everything in Washington these days!!!

      June 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply

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