September 21, 2011
A key US lawmaker leading the fight against military spending cuts has warned that dramatic new reductions could force the United States to shift from an all-volunteer military and reinstate the draft.
House Armed Services Committee Buck McKeon, a Republican, told Fox News television on Monday that lawmakers “need to understand what it’s going to mean to keep an all-volunteer force.”
“Do we want to reinstitute the draft? Some of the cuts we’re talking about would take over 200,000 out of end strength from our military,” McKeon said in remarks also reported in the Washington Post on Tuesday.
The lawmaker said that an August debt-limit deal included $465 billion of defense spending cuts over ten years, and warned that “it’ll be over another $500 billion” in automatic cuts to military programs if a new “supercommittee” fails to find $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts over ten years in a few weeks.