The Defense Drumbeat Blog

                               
With recent letters to congressional leaders, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and the Association of the United States Navy (AUSN) have added their voices to the chorus warning of the catastrophic impacts of sequestration to our men and women in uniform and pressing for a legislative solution. 

Association of the United States Navy
    
“Cuts and fee increases to the Defense Healthcare System and TRICARE, coupled with end-strength reducations and cuts in ship building may result in less citizens interested or motivated to join our all-volunteer force, greatly [affecting] recruitment and retention of qualified individuals.”

            Letter from April 16, 2012

National Association of Manufacturers
    
“Millions of American jobs are connected to the aerospace and defense industry and the jobs of many of these workers will be threatened if the additional cuts in defense spending under the Budget Control Act of 2011 go into effect…Moreover, it is extremely important that Congress act as soon as possible to derail the cuts under sequestration.”

            Letter from April 17, 2012

Association of the United States Army
    
“[Employers] are already reducing workforces and budgets in anticipation of a sequestration trigger, and those initiatives ultimately will create negative ripples that will become problematic for DoD. With sequestration less than ten months away, I urge you to direct immediate effort to a solution for this potentially devastating blow to our nation’s national defense forces.”

            Letter from March 15, 2012                                    

For more on sequestration, visit the updated HASC Sequestration Resources Kit.