Jack London, CACI: Sequestration, Fiscal Imbalances Threaten National Security

Jack London, CACI

Jack London, CACI

In his February Asymmetric Threat Global Snapshot, Jack London, CACI International‘s executive chairman and chairman of the board of directors, outlines how the U.S. wants to expand the reach of its defense and national security dollars, while facing immediate and structural fiscal challenges.

“There are only three ways to close the yawning gap between ends and means: scale down the objectives, thus restoring strategic clarity and focus; increase the means, which is highly unlikely, given fiscal realities; or, most dangerously, bluff. Doing nothing and allowing the gap to deepen is the last resort.”

CACI logo_EbizLondon writes that the U.S.’ strategic defense shift to the Asia-Pacific region and new technologies and frontiers of international combat require that the U.S. have clear objectives and priorities and transition its funding accordingly.

However, London writes there are distinct obstacles that cast great uncertainty over the U.S.’ ability to allocate the appropriate means to reach these strategic ends and could have  U.S. national security already heading “down the rabbit hole.”

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Pentagon1The Defense Department is starting to absorb $487 billion in cuts that were implemented in 2011 and will take place over 10 years, while a potential “one-two punch” from sequestration and a continuing resolution could reduce military operating budgets by more than 20 percent.

The Navy estimates its funding for operations and maintenance will be more than $4.6 billion short of necessary spending and announced earlier this month it will not deploy the USS Harry S. Truman to the Persian Gulf, leaving only one aircraft carrier in that region.

Congress’ fiscal cliff resolution in December 2012 resolved no systemic problems, London maintains, and with the House scheduled to be in session for only 11 days in February, London identifies significant issues set to soon compound.

  • After 18 months of no agreement between the executive and legislative branches to prevent sequestration, automatic budget cuts are set to sink in March 1.
  • The U.S. government has been funded through a continuing resolution since October 2012 that runs through March 27, constraining departments’ ability to shift funds between accounts and start new programs. If not extended, “the U.S. government would have no choice but to shut down.”
  • Suspending the debt limit until May 18 was a short-term fix and the national debt is “the most serious threat to U.S. national security,” according to retired Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

For London’s thoughts on what should be done to align means and ends to protect U.S. national security interests, head to http://asymmetricthreat.net

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One Response to "Jack London, CACI: Sequestration, Fiscal Imbalances Threaten National Security"

  1. John mckenna says:

    We all know that sequestration is a miniscule factor at best in armed forces reductions both domestically and in control areas, well outside asia pacific locations. The ineptitude of this present governments mishandling of the economy in general, and its continuing inability to form cogent, meaningful plans, is a hallmark of the current administration. Even European leaders, increasingly recognize that Washington has become a leaderless, rudderless state. Germany and the UK, among others, finally understand that Obama’s policies are completely unworkable, and are gradually undermining foreign policy and stability throughout sensitive areas, that are affecting us all. Look for large scale reductions in overseas military bases, critical personnel levels, and a further expected decline in the US’s operational theatres. Financially, the democrat administration appears to be positioning the US economy towards eventual second class status, and the gradual start of economic meltdown could occur as early as 2015 with national and personal debt increasing to almost unmanageable levels. This President is already being regarded as a huge failure throughout the world.

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