$1 trillion in defense cuts over the next decade would “eliminate almost all” modernization programs.

The chiefs of the U.S. military said they may have…

The chiefs of the U.S. military said they may have to end new weapons programs, close bases and cut civilian personnel starting as soon as next year if Congress allows about $1 trillion in defense cuts during the next decade.

The heads of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, in testimony today before the House Armed Services Committee, joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in warning against the reductions.

Cuts of up to $1 trillion might force the Marine Corps to cut personnel levels below what’s necessary to sustain “even one major contingency,” Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos said in his statement to the committee.

The Navy may decrease by as much as 25 percent its procurement and readiness accounts if a special congressional committee fails to produce an alternative to automatic reductions, according to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert testimony.

The Army would “eliminate almost all” modernization programs and consider consolidating and closing bases “commensurate with force structure reductions,” Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno said in his testimony.

Source: Roxana Tiron and Tony Capaccio for Bloomberg.

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