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Secretary of Defense Hagel announces cutbacks in his own staff

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The term sequestration is somehow off the media radar right now, but government cutbacks continue with once unthought-of of proposals such as closing base schools at Dover and dismantling stateside commissaries. Today, the Secretary of Defense says those cutbacks are hitting close to home for him.

In an announcement directly from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, slashes in government spending will include a 20 percent cut in the operating budget for 2015-2019 and an 8 percent decrease in the overall workforce at the OSD, with an estimated five-year savings of over $1 billion.

In a memo released this morning, Secretary of Defense Hagel states the cuts will begin immediately and goes on further to say:

…the staff cuts are designed to occur primarily through workforce attrition rather than layoffs, but a DOD fact sheet distributed to reporters indicated that more abrupt cuts might be necessary if the Congress’ sequestration budget framework remains in place.

Much of the savings will be achieved by using fewer contractors, but there will still be “significant reductions” in civilian personnel.

Others within the Department of Defense are working on cuts for budget approval.

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