In the midst of the most dynamic and complex security environment in recent memory, sequestration would severely diminish America’s global posture. An additional 100,000 soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen would be separated from service. Those reductions would lead to:  The smallest ground force since 1940  A fleet of fewer than 230 ships, the smallest level since 1915  The smallest tactical fighter force in the history of the Air Force http://armedservices.house.gov/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=eded5e34-f515-44e5-825f-9ff6fb746426 As we all know or at least, let's hope most know the looming cuts in the Defense budget are at hand as a result of both parties unable once again not being able to agree on budget matters. Now that it is at hand those who knew this was about to happen seem have a collective memory lapse, and seem to see this as a plot from only one side of the Isle. That said, this Meat Axe approach to Defense is complete nonsense and as can be seen will have results that will impact this nation not only in defense but also in the private sector in terms of jobs and the economy, which everyone can agree is not a good time to lose even more jobs. While it is true our nation spends more than the next 10 nations combined in defense spending and there is a large need in Defense for a top to bottom review of how DOD conducts its procruement and it's my contention that it's there that Defense will find massive savings in how it spends money as well as a world wide reduction in deployment in places that this nation does not need to be in the business of protecting. Take for example, Western Europe, France, Germany, etc. why do you suppose that nations like France can lower their retirement age while at the same time we are making plans to raise ours? , could it be because they do not have to share the burden of their own defense needs? because our nation has been shouldering that burden since the end of WW2? Still further, take any number of programs in Defense, such as the F-35, which was intended to be a low cost alternative to the F-22, and replace existing fighters in the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and many other nations and offer a common platform. the only problem is that after years and years in development and billions in cost overruns, the F-35 is approaching the original cost of the F22 now and frankly I find it more than entertaining when those in congress harp on money lost by companies like Solyndra, etc. when contractors in Defense have lost over the years a 100 times more than that. In fact there is 53 Billion dollars missing from the funds to rebuild Iraq. So in conclusion this Meat Axe approach, at least in my humble opinion is not only a terrible mistake, but it also represents a lazy Congress unwilling to do what is needed to actually fix a long needed fix in Defense and bring to the warfighter the tools they deserve to protect this nation and be good stewards of American tax dollars. Take your pick on what party you want to lay the blame for this to, but last I checked both parties signed up for this deal and both parties now hold responsibility for the consequences of it's implementation.