WASHINGTON -- While many remain hopeful that Congress and the administration will reach a deal that avoids sequestration, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has issued a memo describing the potential implications of going over the fiscal cliff.
Planning for the effects of an across-the-board cut in defense spending as part of the Budget Reduction Act of 2011 "is only prudent," said DoD officials. Under the law, the reductions are due to take place Jan. 2.
As a senior cadet at a military college, I was tasked as cadet officer of the day -- my charge was to run the guard detail responsible for manning numerous gates and entrances to the campus. After guard mount, the first order of business was calling the commandant of cadets to report that the guard was in place for the night and anything else of importance. The commandant, retired Army Col. Tony Lackey, was a grizzled former Special Forces soldier who commanded the utmost respect on campus among both cadets and faculty.