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Sequestration Sequestration

Sequestration is a fiscal policy procedure adopted by Congress to deal with the federal budget deficit. Simply put, sequestration is the cancellation of budgetary resources -- an automatic form of spending cutback.

The Air Forces will undergo automatic reductions March 1 if a budget is not approved -- a total of $46 billion over the fiscal year for the entire Department of Defense.
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"We are prioritizing our efforts to sustain force structure and preserve combat capability for the joint force. Remaining as mission-ready as possible is our imperative, and priority for flying hours will go to units that are deployed or preparing to deploy and to formal training units that provide fully qualified aircrews."

- Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of ACC
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ACC leadership has taken actions to slow and within the near term dramatically curtail Fiscal Year 13 spending in light of the possibility of sequestration and a projected $1.8 billion dollar shortfall in overseas contingency funding. Leadership is proactively implementing near-term actions to curtail spending to minimize impact to Airman readiness and welfare while protecting wartime operations. Although sequestration cuts limit the command's ability to curtail spending in ways that align available resources with current and emerging operational requirements, ACC is attempting to prioritize its efforts to sustain force structure and preserve combat capability for the joint force.

Actions already taken include:

o Directing units to reduce discretionary spending to the maximum extent possible without impacting mission readiness. Spending for temporary duties, equipment purchases and Facility Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization (FSRM) programs have been aggressively scrutinized or deferred in order to minimize spending.

o Implementing a temporary hiring freeze for permanent, temporary and term vacancies in all appropriations. Reassignments and promotions for the current work force are continuing, as those actions do not grow the force.

Command-specific actions that may be taken under sequestration include:

o Reducing flying operations for two-thirds of squadrons across the total Combat Air Forces (fighters, non-nuclear bombers, ISR, command-and-control, and personnel recovery) by mid to late May. One-third of our crews will remain ready to perform combat operations (combat mission ready or CMR), but the remaining crews will fly at the basic mission capable (BMC) level or will not fly at all.

o Closing the two largest aircraft test and training ranges in the United States (Nevada TTR and Utah TTR) later this year and canceling exercises associated with the use of those ranges.

o Canceling all aerial demonstrations (Thunderbirds, F-22 and Heritage Flight) and flyovers, and canceling or curtailing base open houses.

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