Robert Hale: Pentagon Budget ‘Planning Gets Replaced by Planning’

Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale said Thursday he is cautiously optimistic that lawmakers will reach an agreement to limit cuts to defense spending under sequestration, Defense One reported Friday.

Hale told an audience at the Defense One Summit in Washington he believes budget uncertainty harms the military’s ability to address national security challenges, according to the report.

“In this crazy period of time, the enormous budget uncertainty is taking its toll,” Hale told the conference audience, according to the article.

“Planning gets replaced by planning, and we don’t know where we’re headed. We don’t do well under any particular plan,” he added.

Hale also described how he sees sequester cuts affecting the Pentagon’s procurement, research and development, investment and recruitment efforts.

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