Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says a solution to sequestration is his number one budget priority. Smaller budgets are one way sequestration has affected the Defense Department. Service chiefs and others cite readiness as another victim of sequestration. But a budget mechanism is lurking in the background that might be worse. David Patterson is former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and a retired Air Force colonel. He joined me on Facetime to explain why another continuing resolution would be worse than sequestration.
Senate Armed Services Committee budget hearing (Sec. Carter’s comments on sequestration at approx. 53:30)
Photo: Defense Secretary Ash Carter, center, testifies on the Defense Department’s proposed fiscal year 2017 budget before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington D.C., March 17, 2016. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Mike McCord, the department’s comptroller, left, also testified. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz