The National Association of Manufacturers recently sent a letter to the House Armed Services Committee expressing concern about sequestration. The companies represented in that association employ many high-skilled and highly educated workers and keep the American military the best in the world. Any extended period in which we have fewer engineers, scientists and manufacturers working, the more we lose our technological advantage in the world.
In this era of deficits, any money spent needs to be money well-spent, and nothing can be more important than ensuring we have the right amount of equipment to ensure our national security and provide the earned benefits and compensation for our current and former men and women in uniform.
Risking hundreds of thousands of jobs, livelihoods and our overall national security through mechanisms such as sequestration is neither fair nor right when there are many other wrongs that need to be corrected.
Anthony A. Wallis is director of legislation and government affairs for the Association of the United States Navy.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.