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NAVAIR Policy on Sequestration

Written by on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

With sequestration looming in a mere twenty three days, there is still no compromise in sight from Congress and the effects are beginning to be felt across the Department of Defense (DOD) and more specifically at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

  With direction from military leadership to reduce costs, Vice Admiral David Dunaway, commander, NAVAIR has begun plans to reduce expenditures within his organization. With a potential year-long continuing resolution (CR) that will freeze spending to fiscal year 2012 levels and sequestration to start 1 March, Vice Admiral Dunaway has taken proactive steps to cut costs and curtail spending, to include the following: A hiring freeze is in effect through March 2 with a plan in works to determine hiring actions beyond. No official decision has been made regarding furloughs of DOD workers but it is expected that workers will be furloughed starting in mid-April. All NAVAIR or government sponsored conferences are postponed until further notice and all non-mission essential travel and professional training is cancelled. With 12.3 million unemployed Americans on the streets already, having a hiring freeze and potential furlough in the ranks of the DOD will undoubtedly impact the economic generic cialis cheap recovery. Not only will unemployment rates rise due to the CR and sequestration but Navy maintenance efforts will be greatly impacted. It is expected that no new aircraft will be inducted for maintenance in the third and fourth quarters which will mean that aircraft will stop flying and be stored in hangars waiting for funding. With aircraft in hangars, aircrew will not be able to fly and training and readiness will suffer. In addition, with no funding to support maintenance efforts, the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) will not begin its overhaul and refueling process this year which will mean one less carrier to support operations in the future and could force extended carrier deployments for currently deployed battlegroups. It is time for Congress to come together and do what’s right for the country and for the U.S. military. Having a budget to plan from is better than having no plan and that’s what the politicians have created. In a time where the country needs strong leadership, the U.S. military is left in the lurch waiting for civilian politicians to resolve their differences and lead this country.

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