Tullahoma Base Bracing for Defense Budget Cuts

Feb 8, 2013

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (AP) — Officials at Arnold Engineering Development Complex are making plans to deal with potentially deep cuts to the federal defense budget.

Officials tell the Chattanooga Times Free Press that employee cuts are not anticipated, but other actions to reduce spending may be taken. They include a civilian hiring freeze, canceling non-essential flights and putting limits on supply orders.

Congress has postponed until March 1 about $1 trillion in domestic and defense budget cuts, which would equal about $500 billion in reductions of Pentagon spending over a decade.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the cuts could lead to hundreds of thousands of civilian workers being furloughed and thousands of temporary and contract workers being laid off.

Lawmakers are trying to reach an agreement on cuts that would be less disruptive.