Impact of sequestration on the Navy
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks out
- Duration 5:52
- Date Feb 26, 2013
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks out
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It's right now growing concerns over the possible effects of the sequester spending cuts on our military services.
Let's take a look at the US navy.
For weeks that a top brass -- painted a dire picture of a weakened fleet that could struggle to respond to crises around the world.
Warnings of canceled ship deployments delayed repairs to aging vessels less money for new ships and planes.
Furloughs and maybe even layoffs of civilian employees all coming as a result.
Joining us now to talk about -- the secretary of the navy and former Mississippi governor -- -- -- made us secretary Mavis thanks for being with us.
There are a lot of naval personnel and their families watching right now wondering what's going to happen on Friday what do you say about.
Them and their paychecks for small.
Well what I say is that.
This doesn't need to happen seaquest.
-- a bad idea it's been a bad idea.
And the effect that it could handle home -- -- sector than maybe I've got to worry about that.
Effective can help home workers both in our federal shipyards like here in Norfolk and in the private ship yards.
The workers around Norfolk and around Virginia that.
Can be furloughed for a 22 days so lose 20% of their salaries.
Or the ripple effects as it goes out and the fact that this is artificially create that the president has.
Presented a very comprehensive plan that's tied the strategy that.
Can fix this it still requires compromise.
Only congress can can do this now.
What we need to fix this we don't need to make these cuts in this mindless.
Automatic way we need to know.
Comprehensive battles broad.
Two to do this so we don't harm our national security.
Well in what way would national security be affected if the sequestration goes through can you give us some specifics.
Well we've already delayed the the sailing of the Truman and -- strike through -- the Middle East sequestration hits we're going to have to do.
Delayed the sailing of the -- con -- her amphibious ready group.
Sequestration -- we're gonna have to and stays.
We're gonna have to take down for our part nine carrier -- -- When those come back up.
It won't take a year to get him back.
And it will cost two or three times as much as we kept them -- We will sale Lynn Sweet world fly list we -- train let us we will deploy US.
And you won't see the effects -- Workers being furloughed.
And how that impacts productivity.
Our ships will be will be later and they will call small we've got two carriers one being built here.
Before war and one about to be -- the Kennedy.
It's going to stretch this time -- it's gonna increase the calls.
For both of them and they may not be either finish or bill -- sequestration.
Kids -- And it's I think a lot of Fox News viewers are big supporters of the military and don't like to see -- on the the nightmare scenarios that you're talking about I wanna show to share with our viewers a couple of graphics and I know secretary.
You're not able to see them but they show the projected growth in federal spending is the Blue Line for 2013.
Wins and without the sequester cuts this sequester cuts show the Red Line it is almost imperceptibly.
And then if you take a look at the bar graph of the federal budget in 2013.
And on the left there without the sequester.
And on the right with the sequester again.
-- my eyesight some reasonably good and I almost cannot tell the difference the secretary the question do you admiral Mike Mullen the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that.
Said that are on budget deficit is one of the greatest long term security threats to this country so.
If the sequester is an attempt.
To try to deal with the deficit.
Why not let it go through.
Well because -- west.
There is a bad idea it is a mindless way to it's not a Smart way to cut defense fits -- needs to.
Take some some more reductions.
As we go forward to.
Get to the new reality that we are facing.
But it needs to be done in a strategic way these cuts have nothing to do was you have to look at these.
The cuts that come from sequestered in the effects they -- help on our military readiness.
They won't have to do you have to look at them in the effects it will help all our work force.
You you have to look at them in the effects and we'll have a home.
The military being able to carry out our job and to carry out the strategy and are there are there other did.
Are there too much you need to have a budget you need to have a budget.
That does this in a -- -- does this get away that.
Comports with our strategy.
In a way that is not just mindless and cuts across the board.
And that's what the president has proposed that it's gonna take some compromise only congress can do it.
But that's what we need to get done now this needs to be -- Navy secretary ray Mavis I wish we could talk -- you for the rest of the hour we appreciate you joining us thanks very much.