U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter adjusts his glasses during his meeting with Japanese Senior Vice Defence Minister Shu Watanabe in Tokyo July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
Pentagon deputy chief urges delay in $46 billion in budget cuts
Posted : Tuesday, 12 February 2013 09:55AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will have to put hundreds of thousands of civilian workers on unpaid leave, slash ship and aircraft maintenance and sharply curtail training if $46 billion in new spending cuts go into effect in two weeks, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Tuesday.
Carter, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, urged Congress to further delay the automatic across-the-board cuts known as sequestration, saying: "These devastating events are no longer distant problems. The wolf is at the door."
(Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Jackie Frank)
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