June 14, 2012
The top U.S. military official suggested Wednesday that scheduled Pentagon budget cuts could lead to war.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before a Senate committee Wednesday alongside Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Both offered dire warnings about the potential impact of the automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, which will go into effect starting next January unless Congress intervenes.
Dempsey said the cutbacks could lead to the cancellation of weapons systems and disrupt “global operations.” In turn, he warned, the U.S. could lose global standing — opening the door for enemies to test American military might.