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West 2013: budget cuts will affect US military readiness, warns vice chairman

30th January 2013 - 10:31 GMT | by Tim Fish in San Diego

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The ability of US military forces to maintain high levels readiness is under threat due to the budgetary challenges faced by the US government.

Speaking at the AFCEA 2013 conference in San Diego, Adm James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told delegates that there was a ‘serious risk’ that the US military could become a ‘hollow force’ due to cuts to the defence budget.

He said that army brigade combat teams are looking to lose at least 30% of their readiness capability this year and that the full impact of reductions in readiness levels will

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