Budget cuts harm U.S. nuclear defense, general warns

02/7/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

The U.S. is less able to prevent a nuclear attack and lodge its own airstrikes when needed due to squeezed budgets and the reduced flying hours the Air Force will see if the sequester takes place, Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command, warned this week. "If you basically stop flying for three months, you're not only going to lose your air crew proficiency, you're going to lose proficiency of all of those maintainers," Kowalski said.

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