Mattis: Defense Cuts Hurt Military A Lot More Than You Think

Defense Secretary James Mattis has had enough of the budget showdown. It is doing unnecessary harm to the U.S. military. He shared his opinion during a speech at John Hopkins University Friday.

“No enemy in the field has done more to harm the readiness of the U.S. military than the combined impact of the Budget Control Act’s defense spending caps, and nine of the last 10 years operating under continuing resolutions,” Mattis said.

What’s more, the constant state of financial uncertainty is wasting “copious amounts of taxpayer dollars.”

The effects will be felt immediately. Under a shutdown, reserve force training will stop, weapon maintenance will stop, and 50 percent of civilians will be furloughed, Mattis explained.

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