â€œFrankly, I am nervous,â€ says Robert Hale, the Pentagonâ€™s comptroller. And with reason.
A month and half into the new fiscal year, Congress canâ€™t seem to decide between what are three, wildly different scenarios for Haleâ€™s world in 2014. The House endorsed most of President Barack Obamaâ€™s $527 billion request for the Defense Department in July. Last monthâ€™s stopgap CR went back to $496 billion. And DOD will drop by another $21 billion in mid-January if lawmakers do nothing to stop sequestration.