House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced implementation of the Administration’s new defense strategy:
“Our military service members and their families sacrifice a great deal for this country. As a Congressional body, it is our duty to provide for a strong defense and protect those who fight to protect our nation. Throughout the next few weeks, I look forward to working with House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, and finding way to stop the execution of these drastic cuts which will decimate our military capabilities and threaten the security of the men and women in our armed forces.“
“Today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed how he plans to cut $47 billion dollars from next year’s Department of Defense’s budget. By cutting our military personnel by 100,000 troops, 80,000 Army soldiers and 20,000 Marines, the President is weakening our military’s strength by limiting our Armed Forces’ ability and threatening our national security. This decision by the President and his Administration is another prime example of how he continues to lead from behind. Throughout our nation’s history, we have learned the severe consequences of downsizing our military.