“The top U.S. commander in the Middle East warned Iran and other nations Tuesday that the United States’ military is still formidable despite budget cuts that have reduced the number of its aircraft carriers in the region.
Gen. Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the effects of spending cuts on his command. NavyAdm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, also testified Tuesday.
Under automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that began Friday, the Defense Department will have to cut $46 billion from its current budget by Sept. 30 and as much as $500 billion from its 10-year spending plan.
The Pentagon recently ended its two-carrier presence in the Middle East after the Navy canceled the deployment of the USS Harry S Truman due to budget and training constraints.