Pentagon to cut jobs, contracts by $1 billion
December 4th, 2013
03:14 PM ET

Pentagon to cut jobs, contracts by $1 billion

By Jennifer Liberto

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday announced that he's trimming the budget for Pentagon headquarters by 20% starting in 2014, leading to jobs cuts and reduction in contracts with private companies.

The cuts will happen even if Congress ends sequester, according to the defense agency. Hagel said the time is right to "pare back overhead and streamline headquarters," after the fast growth of the agency in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

"These reductions are only a first step in DoD's efforts to realign defense spending to meet new fiscal realities and strategic priorities," Hagel said.

The cuts would trim $1 billion from 2014 through 2019. Hagel said the first jobs to be cut will about 200 workers from his own team of 2,400.

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  1. megman3

    Find the guilty parties who funneled the monies and take their pensions....recent audit found trillions missing. How much was spent asking cooperations to develop new hardware then never bought it......never mind, that might get you a graveyard.

    December 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  2. Hank

    Well good enough! Way too much strange unaccounted for spending in the Pentagon anyway. Maybe Hagel can make the Pentagon a fully auditable agency as well and stop cookin the books!

    December 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  3. je

    Lets cut the us military from Okinawa

    maybe you should read this

    http://www.digitaljournal(dot)com/article/335027#tab=comments&sc=0

    Its clear that the okinawans are demanding the us troops to live, why don't you respect that, enough is enough cut the crap. The rest of the world does not belong to you.

    December 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  4. Rosie

    OK, understand the people cuts but of the figure given, how much of that will be off-set by unemployment compensation and food stamps and welfare? 200 is just a starting number.

    December 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  5. pkb

    Chump change.

    December 5, 2013 at 11:30 am | Reply
  6. Melissa

    its about time. Let's put that money toward something more important than figuring out ways to kill people.

    December 5, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
  7. Donald George MacDonald

    The U.S. is the supreme military and economic power behind a worldwide military-industrial complex.

    And it is no surprise that our struggling U.S. and world economies, temporarily supported by weapons productions and sales, will continue to only flounder on by if...only if our "Masters of War" can fuel even more wars…even more foreign wars fueled by our failed foreign policies and with our sold weapons of mass destruction.

    And when “world peace’ is somehow discovered and is somehow forced upon even the U.S., the worldwide military-industrial complex, led by the U.S., will collapse.

    And this collapse will create a global economic depression and social upheaval that will put the “Great Depression” to shame.

    Why?

    Because this will be the price all world citizens will have to initially pay as we finally try to make right our past moral wrongs.

    December 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • Donald George MacDonald

      Past and continuing world militarism provides the fear and self-justification that malleable citizens need in order for them to further endorse their leaders' expanding and modernizing military might. The expanding and escalating cycle thus feeds itself and prospers, like a self-perpetuating social and moral virus allowed to further drain our global health and wealth.

      The majority of our world citizens, led by leaders of nations, movements and religions, continue to forget that this social and moral virus is reversible, is curable and is not yet terminal.

      December 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • megman3

      Because there's no money in peace for the machine.

      December 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • je

      maybe you should read this

      http://www.digitaljournal(dot)com/article/335027#tab=comments&sc=0

      Its clear that the okinawans are demanding the us troops to live, why don't you respect that, enough is enough cut the crap. The rest of the world does not belong to you.

      maybe its also time for the pentagon to come clean about the 1.4 Agent orange that was dumped in Okinawa as well as operation red hat.

      December 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  8. Portland tony

    In defense terms this is not a significant amount. However if this keeps up, with the sequestering and budget cuts we are going to face adversaries who will in out years have not only a strong well funded defense force, but one who can wreck havoc on a ever shrinking offensive force as well. The Chinese, for example, unlike our defense funding process proceed ahead with 5 year planning and fully fund their obligations, whereas we do our budgets on a yearly basis which gives us little wiggle room to quickly respond to an immediate threats or emerging technologies.LOL!

    December 4, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Reply

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