Service chiefs paint bleak picture ahead of defense budget

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  Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Milley and three other service chiefs appeared before the committee to answer questions concerning sequestration and its effect on the military. Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes
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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Milley and three other service chiefs appeared before the committee to answer questions concerning sequestration and its effect on the military. Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes

Service chiefs paint bleak picture ahead of defense budget

by: TRAVIS J. TRITTEN | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 16, 2016
 WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain called the military service chiefs to Capitol Hill on Thursday to make the case for a bigger defense budget as lawmakers were poised to decide on whether to move ahead with a $18 billion hike.
 
In committee testimony, the chiefs of the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy complained about anemic budgets and painted bleak pictures of cash-strapped services with aging equipment, under-trained troops and a lack of preparations for war with a major world power such as Russia or China.
 
“The butcher’s bill is paid in blood, of American soldiers, for unready forces and we have a long history of that,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
 
McCain, R-Ariz., said U.S. forces will need an additional $250 billion during the next five years just to fend off decline.
 
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