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Pentagon: Tight Budgets Harming US Military Readiness

Top officials from four branches of the U.S. military said Tuesday that tight defense budgets have strained their ability to replenish capacity from two wars, meet current demands and assure readiness for future conflicts. “We are consuming readiness as fast as we are building it,” General Daniel Allyn, the Army's vice chief of staff, said in testimony before a Senate Armed Services subcommittee. “Twenty-five years of continuous combat, coupled with budget instability and...

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