WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is warning that the Pentagon may have to mothball up to three Navy aircraft carriers and order more sharp reductions in the size of the Army and Marine Corps if Congress doesn't act to avoid massive budget cuts beginning in 2014.
Hagel told Pentagon reporters Wednesday that the full result of the sweeping budget cuts over the next 10 years could leave the nation with an ill-prepared, under-equipped military doomed to face more technologically advanced enemies.
In his starkest terms to date, Hagel laid out a worst-case scenario for the U.S. military if the Pentagon is forced to slash more than $50 billion from the 2014 budget and $500 billion over the next 10 years as a result of congressionally mandated automatic spending cuts.
Local leaders have been angling for a nuclear carrier to be stationed at N.S. Mayport, but congressional delegations from Florida and Virginia have been at odds over making that happen.
Action News is speaking with local military leaders to learn what this new warning from the Secretary of Defense means for the future of a nuclear carrier at Mayport.
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