President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has warned against cutting defense spending too much.
General Martin Dempsey said that several debt ceiling proposals that would cut the defense spending by nearly $1 trillion would harm national security, reports The Hill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) released a plan that would pare $1 trillion from defense expenditures over the course of several years.
A number of members on the Senate Armed Services Committee said that the Defense Department should anticipate that hundreds of billions of dollars would be cut from its budget over the coming years.
While Dempsey acknowledged that the military is entering a “a new fiscal reality,” he said that cuts of $800 billion or more over the course of a decade would weaken national security.
The panel’s Ranking Member, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), said that entitlement spending was the major problem with the government’s budget, not defense expenditures, reports the news source.
Dempsey is currently undergoing the confirmation process and has said that he expects cybersecurity to be the most important issue during his time with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reports The Washington Post.