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FCW : January 2014
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) is among the handful of lawmakers who have been battling the continu- ing assault on the nation's military budget. For now, he concedes, his prospects for success remain dim. "The Pentagon will be forced to budget with the lower gures," Forbes told FCW. "It's dif cult for many members to look in the mirror and admit that they made a mistake." Forbes laments that the diminishing corps of military hawks in Congress has had little impact on the budget struggle. In particular, he has fought the continuing Penta- gon spending reductions mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Although Congress voted in December to restore $22 billion of that spending, that still leaves the Defense Department with $32 billion in cuts for scal 2014 and a new ceiling of $520 billion. In 2010, DOD's budget authority was $696 billion, according to the Of ce of Management and Budget. The law's doomsday scenario was designed to be so draconian that lawmakers and President Barack Obama would never allow it to take effect. Instead, even with the recent tinkering, the automatic spending cuts remain alive and kicking in their third year. And because of the exemption for payroll, they are digging more deeply into the marrow of Pentagon readiness and procurement. Forbes said national security spending had already been slashed by nearly $800 billion in Obama's rst term from original projections, and the sequester is expected to add tens of billions in annual cuts. Put another way, DOD accounts for about 20 percent of non-discretionary federal spending, but it is absorbing 50 percent of the sequester cuts. A budget Cassandra Perhaps defense spending will get some relief when Con- gress works on the scal 2015 budget, Forbes said wist- fully. In the meantime, he added that the adverse impact on the nation's military will not reveal itself in a single moment or event. Instead, he worries most about the "curve lines" that are dropping dramatically throughout the military forces. Forbes cited a number of catastrophic results: "We need 346 ships to defend this country. We now have 284.... If we continue with the sequester, we will be down to about 230 to 240 ships.... Only 4 percent of our Army brigades are resourced and ready for combat. [Air Force] leaders will tell you that one-half of the eet of planes would not be certi ed for combat.... And we are heading to doing zero modernization." In his role as the budget Cassandra, Forbes has attacked congressional leaders of both parties for allow- ing the sequester to become a straitjacket on Pentagon spending. He has displayed his independence by opposing last March's House-passed budget resolution. He was one Virginia Republican Randy Forbes argues that the Pentagon has absorbed far more than its share of budget cuts. But will his congressional colleagues listen? for more military funding BY RICHARD E. COHEN 20 January 2014 FCW.COM RANDY FORBES: Leading the fight