2. Much has been made of various Anti-Access/Access Denial capabilities of nations like Iran and China. America's armed services have seemed to shift their attention and focus to meeting such challenges. In what ways will sequestration impact plans to meet such Anti-Access challenges in the future?
The sequester could delay the fielding of new capabilities that are needed to counter these emerging threats and maintain the U.S. military’s freedom of action. It’s important to note that so-called anti-access systems are proliferating to non-state actors as well as China, Iran, North Korea, and other states. For example, transnational extremist groups could use guided rockets, artillery, mortars, and missiles to threaten U.S. forces engaged in partner building and counter-terror operations. In other words, the spread of precision-guided munitions and other asymmetric capabilities will make future power-projection missions that span the spectrum of operations far more challenging for our military. Sequestration will delay the Defense Department’s efforts to adapt to these threats and could lead to unacceptable losses of American lives and treasure in future wars.