Among the early signs of tough times that sequester will bring: the Pentagon this month announced will not deploy the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman to the Persian Gulf.
The timing for the massive cuts is bad. A change of leadership at the Pentagon is under way and departing Secretary Leon Panetta leaves no doubt his successor will be walking into a budget mess.
"If these cuts happen, there will be serious disruption in defense programs and a sharp decline in our military readiness. We have already begun an all-out effort to plan for how to operate under such a scenario, but it's also very clear that there are no good options," Panetta said.
Troop training and maintenance of aircraft and ships would be delayed or suspended. The defense department faces the deepest cuts: $46 billion in the next seven months alone. Panetta says the damage will be far-reaching.
“We will furlough as many as 800,000 DOD civilians around the country for up to 22 days," Panetta said. "They could face a 20 percent cut in their salary. You don’t think that’s going to impact on our economy?
1.sequester vt. 使隔绝；使隐退；没收，扣押
Everything he owned was sequestered.
2.all-out effort 竭尽全力
Mr. Obama is making an all-out effort to regain the upper hand.
3.far-reaching adj. 深远的；广泛的；伸至远处的
Such an earthshaking change must have far-reaching effects.
4.furlough vt. 准假；暂时解雇
The factories have begun furloughing hundreds of workers.