Sequestration wouldn’t be scary if the government hasn’t proved itself incapable of efficiently managing its funding and money.

Defense officials have warned that sequestration is dangerous to national security. Sen. John McCain vowed to fight sequestration on the Hill. But, sequestration has been underway, and some pain has been dealt and, also, thanks to continuing resolutions – some pain avoided and reshuffled. The Pentagon is a bureaucracy that has billions of unaccounted funds. Sequestration looks as dangerous as the current funds being squandered today. But is the threat as disastrous as many have come to believe?

It might depend how those cuts are implemented and managed at the Pentagon. Unfortunately, that might be where the deeper, underlying issue lies. Bureaucratic inefficiency could be an underlying cause that has necessitated the cuts in the first place. But, overall, is Sequestration the boogey man many of us fear, including myself? The answer might be yes and no. The PEOTUS applauded the announcement of sequestration cuts. But, now, it looks like he may prefer to increase spending. What’s needed is probably a mixture of increased funding for necessary and cutting edge projects and the retirement or shrinking of funding to programs we don’t need or are mismanaged and require further review.

Is the sequester an unstoppable monster? Politico doesn’t seem to think so in their latest article entitled, “The Sequester Monster Myth.” But, there are real hardships on the horizon. I’ll speak from a place of personal experience. The Special Forces Regimental sergeant major toured every group to speak to the teams. He probably both missed the fellows, appreciated the teams and wanted to connect – and came with a real warning. His warning was simple, money was drying up and we couldn’t just inhale equipment and funds like we had in the past. That was the basic jist of the conversation and I slowly saw that becoming a reality.