The Minister of defense of the United States spoke of the deplorable condition of the American armed forces. According to him, the readiness of the country was undermined by the sequestration of the budget and to restore now it will take years of growing funding.
Speaking at a hearing of the Committee on armed services of the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. defense Department retired General James Mattis told that the condition of the armed forces left him in shock. According to the head of the Pentagon, low level of combat readiness of the United States was the result of the sequestration budget. To restore order in the armed forces, will require several years of growing funding, said Mattis.
“Four years after retirement I returned to the Pentagon, and was shocked at the state of our readiness. No enemy did more damage to our armed forces than the budget sequestration. In the situation we were in for many years. And to get out of it will take years growing and stable financing of the budget”, – quotes the words of U.S. Secretary of defense AFP.
Speaking at a congressional hearing, Pentagon chief said that currently can not speak about the military cooperation between the US and Russia.
“At the moment, military cooperation between us can’t be,” said James Mattis.
The head of Patagona answers questions from members of Congress to increase funding for the us armed forces. Previously, the Bush administration in the draft budget for 2018 have asked the Congress to increase allocations for the Ministry of defense for $ 52 billion, and to bring them up to 639 billion.