Hyperbolic language continues to be the status quo for discussing the prospect of sequestration, especially when you look at the “catastrophic” impact it would have on national security, according to HASC Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA). Although there is no question that sequestration would present challenges to the uniformed services, BFAD’s Gordon Adams pointed out in a recent piece on Battleland that:
even the worst case [effects of sequestration] would leave the American military with a capability that exceeds anybody else in the world for decades to come (yes, that includes China), including the size of the Navy.
While the battle over the defense budget continues to rage, the chances of reaching a compromise before the election are slim, for several reasons that we’ve mentioned before. As Gordon has pointed out, the debate on defense is being framed with the understanding that nothing of substance will happen before the election – this is just the phony war.