Brett Lambert is one of several officials who recently have warned about the dangers of cutting the defense budget any further. Lambert must be important given the length of his title. Lambert is deputy assistant defense seretary for manufacturing and industrial base policy!
The failure of the Super Committee to agree on spending cuts of 1.3 trillion by the deadline on Nov. 23 triggered automatic spending cuts(sequestration) across the board. This would include 600 billion to be cut from the defense budget over the next 10 years. These cuts would be added to the 489 billion already to be cut over the next decade.
Republicans hope to reverse the cuts even though they also constantly harp on the need to cut the deficit. Lambert talks about the matter using powerful sexual imagery. The deficit cutters are out to castrate Uncle Sam. Lambert says:"When I think about it from an industrial base point of view, I think about sequestration more as fiscal castration. It truly will emasculate the industrial base ... if we implemented it as it exists," For more see this article. No doubt the planned budget cuts will castrate the health care system and other parts of the social safety net but that is much less important than the care and feeding of the military-industrial complex.