“These cuts will be devastating to the U.S. military. We’re still living off President Reagan’s military buildup, but we’ve been engaged in war in Iraq and Afghanistan for more than 10 years,” she said. “We have to have money to replace equipment whose attrition rate is higher than expected. Sequestration pretty much assures the money for resetting that equipment is not there.”
Another potential casualty of the sequester, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, could be the entire European leg of the U.S. missile shield currently protecting Europe.
“There are already delays in the program and the plan doesn’t really address the ballistic missile threat,” Bendikova said. “The threat is growing, while the U.S. homeland would not be protected until 2017. The question is whether (current defenses) will be enough as the threat from Iran and North Korea progresses and advances.”