Sequestration cuts are deep

Regarding “Fort Gordon events could become casualty of sequestration” (April 20): Canceled fireworks and fairs are visible reminders of the ravages of sequestration. Yet these cuts are having an even more damaging but unseen effect on our economy and our national security – like termites eating through a house’s structure.

By slowing down or canceling contracts and furloughing workers, these cuts could cause 2.14 million lost jobs, including more than 50,000 in Georgia. They’ve also weakened our military support across the globe. As Iran spins its centrifuges faster, we cut our aircraft carriers patrolling the Persian Gulf from two to one. As North Korea threatens to detonate nuclear weapons, sequestration cuts have grounded one-third of all combat aircraft.

Sequester prevents us from strengthening missile defenses after the North Korean nuclear test. President Obama promised to beef up our missile defense backbone in California and Alaska. Experts say we also need a new interceptor site on the East Coast to stop a nuke from Iran. Sequester cuts could make this impossible.

These mindless cuts are making America unsafe.

Jerry Boykin

Farmville, Va.

 

(The writer – a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general – is the former U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, and former commanding general of both the Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and Special Forces Command, Airborne.)

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