April 1, 2013  

To Washington

For the sequester.

Having failed to come to a budget agreement, Congress tried to design something that would be too stupid to happen, and apparently it wasn’t stupid enough. DoD then failed to plan for the sequester, acting for some 13 months as if the Budget Control Act of 2011 were not actually the law of the land. Now the budget cuts will come down on the backs of the civilian defense workforce, who likely will see furloughs; the troops, who will no doubt pick up the extra work; military commanders, who have to figure out how to do more with less; and, of course, U.S. citizens, who will get less defense for every dollar.