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U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno announced major force structure cuts at the Pentagon on June 25, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno announced major force structure cuts at the Pentagon on June 25, 2013, in Washington, D.C.Photograph by Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images

Sequestration is threatening our safety and security, or so Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress (again) yesterday. In a letter to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Hagel asked lawmakers to come up with a plan to stop the automatic spending cuts that would wipe $52 billion from the Pentagon’s 2014 budget.

It’s true that the sequester has already affected hundreds of thousands of Pentagon staffers: They’re taking a 20 percent pay cut and getting furloughed one day a week all summer. (Some are being good sports about it, spending their first day off this week on a “Federal Furlough Five-Mile Fun Run.”)