What Sequester Could Mean For US Military


By Michelle Bartlome

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - With a deadline looming for the budgetary sequester, United States Military officials are wondering what the future holds.

The defense budget is one of the many items on the chopping block.

"It's a big topic of discussion. We're very concerned,” said Colonel Tim Marsano, Public Affairs Officer.

Although Colonel Tim Marsano has no control over the sequester, he's one of the many wondering about the ramifications.

"For us, in Idaho, it means the furloughs for over 800 people could begin at the end of April. It's a big concern and issue. Not only does it affect our personnel, but it also affects our readiness to perform our missions in the United States or overseas,” said Colonel Marsano.

On March 1st, unless a new debt reduction agreement is reached, $85 billion will be cut from the United States' federal budget.

Reports indicate the Pentagon faces a budget cut of 8 percent.

"Should our personnel be required to take furlough – that's a 20% reduction in income – it will have a ripple effect. Some of the things that could kick in are the maintenance of our equipment, our fighter aircraft,” said Colonel Marsano.

With uncertainty about the future, Colonel Marsano is doing what he does best.

"Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. We're preparing for everything that could occur,” said Colonel Marsano.

The sequester doesn't allow for cuts to mandatory programs such as Medicaid and food stamps.

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