Panetta Details Impact Of Deeper Defense Cuts

By: AP
By: AP
In a letter, the Defense Secretary told Congress that deeper cuts could force the military to cut projects, furlough civilian employees and shrink the military to its smallest size since 1940.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is telling Congress that deeper defense cuts would force the Pentagon to cut back ship and construction projects, furlough civilian workers and leave the military with the smallest force since 1940.

Panetta described the implications if a special congressional supercommittee fails to come up with a deficit-cutting plan by Nov. 23. On top of some $450 billion in defense cuts already under way, the Pentagon would face another $500 billion in reductions.

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina wrote to Panetta earlier this month, asking for details on the cut.

Panetta wrote back to the lawmakers Monday.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

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