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Military Training, Maintenance Hit Hardest by $37 Billion Cuts

June 14 (Bloomberg) -- Pentagon operations and maintenance spending will be hit hardest by the $37.2 billion of automatic cuts known as sequestration, according to a report by the Defense Department’s comptroller.

Military personnel cuts would account for $20.3 billion, procurement accounts would be reduced by $9.8 billion, and research funding would lose $6 billion. Construction, housing and management funds would absorb the rest of the cuts.

The report is a more detailed breakdown of sequestration’s impact, by appropriation account, than a document sent to Congress earlier this week.

The previous report, called “DD 1414, Base For Reprogramming,” is being used as a baseline that defense committees will review as they consider a Pentagon request to move $9.6 billion between categories and mostly into readiness accounts.

The new “Report on the Joint Committee Sequestration For FY 2013” is a more explicit and clearer summary. It also outlines how much unobligated money from previous years is available in each program to mitigate the cuts.

Of the $9.8 billion in procurement cuts, the three largest appropriations accounts to be reduced by sequestration are Navy shipbuilding, Air Force aircraft and Navy aircraft, according to the report.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tony Capaccio in Washington at acapaccio@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Walcott at jwalcott9@bloomberg.net

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