Military Training, Maintenance Hit Hardest by $37 Billion Cuts

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.

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