Arlington, Virginia - March 1, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Chuck Hagel, Defense Secretary:

"Let me highlight a couple of actions that we are taking as a result of these budget constraints. The navy will gradually stand down at least four wings. The first wing will stand down in April. Effective immediately, air force flying hours will be cut back. This will have a major impact on training and readiness. The army will curtail training for all units except for those deploying to Afghanistan, adversely impacting nearly 80% of army operational units. Later this month, we intend to issue preliminary notifications to thousands of civilian employees who will be furloughed."

2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Chuck Hagel, Defense Secretary:

"Today America has the best fighting force in the world capable of responding to any challenge."

3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Chuck Hagel, Defense Secretary:

"The management of this institution starting with the joint chiefs are not going to allow this capacity to erode. We will manage these issues. These are adjustments. We anticipated these kinds of realities, and we will do what we need to do to ensure the capabilities of our forces."

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