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Ashton Carter Memo – Handling Budgetary Uncertainty in Fiscal Year 2013

Ashton Carter MemoBy: Ryan Byrd

On January 10, 2013, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter issued a memorandum for the secretaries of the various military departments regarding the handling of the budgetary uncertainty in fiscal year 2013.

In the memo, Mr. Carter identifies two sources of the budgetary uncertainty: the Continuing Resolution (CR) and the potential of the deferred sequestration. The CR holds the operating funding for the DoD at FY 2012 levels and could be extended to the end of the fiscal year if Congress does not enact appropriations bills for FY 2013. The potential sequestration could occur as early as March 1, 2013.

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