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Cut Weapons Now but Then What

July 2, 2014, The Wall Street Journal

Covington's Roger Zakheim is quoted regarding the Navy proposing to end production of new Tomahawk cruise missiles in 2017.

"The Tomahawk tussle is part of a debate over "reversibility," a doctrine rolled out by the White House in 2012 in response to looming budget pressures. It envisioned keeping defense industrial capacity and officer ranks above the level implied by reduced equipment orders and troop levels, in order to avoid the hollowing out of the U.S. military experienced during the sharp post-Vietnam War budget cuts of the 1970s."

"The whole notion of reversibility hasn't been accepted by anyone on the Hill," said Roger Zakheim, an attorney at Covington & Burling LLP who served until October as general counsel for the House Armed Services Committee.'

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