As military budget growth slows, Army and Navy forced to find savings
WASHINGTON — The secretaries of the Army and Navy said Friday that they need to make difficult choices now to find budget savings or else fall short of the competitive force that the military needs for the future.
The services are dealing with growing demands to modernize their equipment, capabilities, and forces at the same time they are seeing budgets stagnate. The Army and Navy are reviewing programs in their budgets to find savings to reinvest in other ways.
“What I’ve told the department is we need to look internally first at ourselves to see where we can find savings within the way we traditionally do things to help fund that, before we can ask for anything more from the taxpayers,” acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said during a discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a D.C.-based think tank. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett also spoke about their services.
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