Behind the Cover: The debt deal’s effect on the military


If you’ve been following the news coming out of Washington, D.C., you know that the financial and political realities of our nation are coming together in a great, big mess.

The recent agreement reached to cut the U.S.’s deficit could have widespread impact on the military, especially when a 12-member “super committee” in Congress begins hunting for $1.2 trillion in federal budget cuts by mid-November.

The debt deal will reduce defense spending by $350 billion over the next decade, and potentially as much as $1 trillion.

This week’s Marine Corps Times explores all those themes, but also drills down into how specifically it could affect active-duty and retired Marines.

A variety of pay and benefits cuts are on the table, alarming many who have served their country. Congressional editor Rick Maze lays them out in a comprehensive cover story.

To get the details, check it out this week’s edition on newsstands now or subscribe here online.


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I'm a senior writer with Marine Corps Times, covering ground warfare, manpower, weapons acquisition and other beats. I embedded in Afghanistan in spring 2010, and plan to return at least once in 2011.

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