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Mandatory cuts will hit San Diego military bases hard

naval base san diegoWASHINGTON (CNN) — San Diego will be one of the regions hardest hit if mandatory budget cuts hit the Defense Department, the Pentagon says.

Having warned about freezing weapons systems and risks to national security, the armed services are now trying to show members of Congress exactly how mandatory budget cuts will impact their states.

Just days before the forced spending cuts could begin to take effect, the Army and Navy are circulating estimates about which areas will be economically hit the hardest.

In documents sent to Congress and obtained by CNN, both the Army and Navy lay out the impacts on the services and industry that would be hit by the measures that may go into effect starting March 1. The forced spending cuts, mandated by a 2011 agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling, will take effect unless lawmakers come up with another deficit reduction plan.

According to the Navy documents, the hardest hit regions will coincide with the location of major Navy facilities in California, the Mid-Atlantic, Florida, Washington state, parts of the Northeast and Hawaii. San Diego has the second highest concentration of military personnel in the nation.

The Navy anticipates it will need to slash about $12 billion in spending by the end of this fiscal year. The impact would affect more than 300,000 sailors with cuts to Navy operational programs and cost some 186,000 Navy civilians 20% of their paychecks though furloughs.

The Army estimates that the cuts, known in Washington jargon as sequestration, will have a $15 billion economic impact across the country and affect more than 300,000 jobs nationwide.

The hardest hit states include Texas, Virginia and Pennsylvania, home to major Army facilities and industrial bases for the service.

The Army anticipates it will need to slash $18 billion in spending by the end of this fiscal year, ending September 30.

If the spending cuts are carried out, the Army would be required to furlough 251,000 of its civilian employees. It estimates that would save it $1.9 billion through the end of September.

Ahead of the congressional notification, at least three Air Force bases have cut their publicly popular annual air shows — one each in Arizona, Virginia and South Carolina. Air Force officials said the cuts were due to “budgetary-related issues” and the looming possibility of the forced spending cuts.

Air shows can cost an air base a minimum of $100,000, according to Air Force officials. If the sequestration does hit, both the Air Force air demonstration team, known as the Thunderbirds, and the Navy’s air demonstration team, known as the Blue Angels, would stop operations for the rest of the year.

13 comments

    • Bryan

      My wife is civil service. We will lose $800 a month for 4 and a 1/2 months= $3600 for the 22 weeks of furlough. She can't take any leave during the furlough period either. That means no summer vacation that we planned to the Grand Canyon. Sorry Arizona, maybe next year.

      • Molly Pitcher

        Bryan, not that I don't feel your pain, but at least your wife still has a job to go to and some income. Many of my co-workers are being laid-off indefinitely and we are wondering how to pay our bills. Problem is, it effects the entire economy, not just civil service or government contractors. It's not just a local problem, it is a national problem. I'm pretty sure this will destroy any hopes of a near-term economic recovery.

  • G7777777

    You’re not thinking straight if all you think is that this is about airshows. A massive percentage of jobs in San Diego are related to federal goverment: military (civilian employees, contractors), federal health research (biotechs, labs, 60,000 federally funds jobs alone), border patrol, homeland security, DEA, etc. Guess what… these people lose their income, they won’t be spending money. Then all the businesses that rely on their income will be suffering. A lot of educated people will need to move away to find jobs to survive. Real estate is bound to suffer after that. We’re all going to suffer badly because elected officials keep playing politics instead of working together.

  • GuamSAR

    If only someone in Washington DC knew these were coming. I wonder why, every time, politicians cannot do their job. They put every major decision off until it becomes a crisis to the people. Both sides of the isle from all three branches of Government. None of them can work together to make a better America. They seem to WANT the US to fail. This is what frustrates me to no end. Do the job you were elected to do or quit and let someone else do it. Plus, no more Nancy P's that DC does not have a spending problem.

  • Amy

    I have bad news and I have good news. The bad news is thousands will lose their jibs thanks to this administration, the good news is that thanks to this administration traffic going to work is going to improve!

  • 4bolts

    Not only will the furloughs hit us (4 days a pay period for my husband and I), but the contractors working on base will be terminated first – then the federal term employees. These skilled individuals will find other jobs (hopefully), and when this is settled, he or she may or may not be available to return. All new hires will need to have a security clearance done, and that takes a long time and costs the government or the contracting company money.

    As someone mentioned above, nothing is done until a crisis is upon us, and even that doesn't seem to motivate these politicians. Their only interest is his or her personal agenda. Sad.

  • Larry B Mayfield

    I have recently been told my services as a Disabled Veteran owned Company, which has been inspecting elevators for Navy and Marines for 12 years here throughout San Diego, will not optioned after 6/2013,

    • Molly Pitcher

      The company I worked for, a Marine temporary service closed it's doors yesterday. The new company sent us home at lunch because the Navy could not extend the initial contract. This is the 3rd job to fall through in 2 weeks. Granted, there will be some work down the road, just not enough. Contractors large and small are being hit. Why is it that the Federal government couldn't have proposed these cuts a year or two in advance? And why screw the people who work hard and can show accountability for their efforts? I'm sure there is plenty of money being wasted by the government, why not focus on that instead of across the board cuts?

  • Brent

    People want to lower the budget deficit but don't want higher taxes or spending cuts, not sure how you get there without one or both. We just have to eat it. Bloated government has to cut somewhere and or raise revenues otherwise we are hosing our children and our children's children.

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