The budget hammer known as sequestration would force abandonment of plans to move U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam, regardless of any progress made with Japan over basing issues, some defense analysts say.
Sequestration is Capitol Hill-speak for deep, across-the-board federal spending cuts that will start in January as part of a budget agreement that President Obama reached with Congress in August.
“It would scuttle Guam,” said Bruce Klingner, a specialist on Asian military issues at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank. “The least of our worries are going to be the Guam agreements.”
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