Days after Secretary of State John F. Kerry released $250 million to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Marines told to save every round to prepare for drastic spending cuts

On march 3rd 2013 CAIRO — Secretary of State John F. Kerry released $250 million in badly needed economic assistance for Egypt on Sunday, telling the country’s divided political classes that they must make economic and political reforms to qualify for additional U.S. support.

“The United States can and wants to do more,” Kerry said in a statement released to reporters shortly after his more than two-hour session with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. About an hour of their time was spent one on one, in what U.S. officials said would be blunt discussions of Egypt’s tanking economy and political deadlock.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo, on Sunday, March 3, 2013. Kerry is wrapping up a visit to Egypt with an appeal for unity and reform to the country's president and military chief.

Back in the good old US Of A  Marines told to save every round to prepare for drastic spending cuts in Washington

Save those bullets soldiers. Vicious budget cuts are coming is the word  The leader of the Marine Corps urged personnel to preserve ammunition and gasoline to brace for automatic spending cuts in Washington which are about to hit the Pentagon.

‘Save every round, every gallon of gas,’ Marine Corps Commandant James Amos told service members in a video that went live on YouTube on Friday.

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Spare your bullets: 'Save every round, every gallon of gas,' Marine Corps Commandant James Amos told active-duty service membersSpare your bullets: ‘Save every round, every gallon of gas,’ Marine Corps Commandant James Amos told active-duty service members
Preserve your readiness: 'Take every single aspect or opportunity in training to get the most bang for the buck,' Amos saidPreserve your readiness: ‘Take every single aspect or opportunity in training to get the most bang for the buck,’ Amos said

‘Take every single aspect or opportunity in training to get the most bang for the buck,’ he said.

The Marines, Navy, Air Force, Army and Coast Guard are getting ready to cut billions of dollars from their budgets as the result of the ‘Sequestration’ spending cuts, which went into effect on March 1 after the White House and Congress failed to reach a deal on reducing the federal debt.

Amos wrote in a letter to all Marines earlier this month that his branch would cut $1.4 billion in 2013 and $2 billion in every following year through 2022, as the Marine Corps will be required to ‘cut into bone.’

 The Pentagon announced in January that it will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay contract awards, reduce personnel numbers and cut back on military maintenance in preparation for the looming budget cuts.

As part of that effort the Marine Corps is in the process of cutting its headcount from 202,000 to 182,000 active-duty members.

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in the beginning of the year that the Defense Department is facing a spending reduction of nearly $500 billion over the next decade, not counting the $85 billion in automatic cuts that went into effect this month.

Budget shortfall: The Pentagon is facing a spending reduction of nearly $500 billion over a decade with an additional $110 billion in automatic spending cuts to military come MarchBudget shortfall: The Pentagon is facing a spending reduction of nearly $500 billion over a decade with an additional $110 billion in automatic spending cuts to military come March

Self-sacrifice: 'We need you to be conservative in the way you do business, I need you to think about conserving our assets, and I need you to become part of the solution as it relates to sacrifice,' Amos saidSelf-sacrifice: ‘We need you to be conservative in the way you do business, I need you to think about conserving our assets, and I need you to become part of the solution as it relates to sacrifice,’ Amos said

‘This is no time to do business as usual,’ Amos said in his YouTube video with Micheal Barrett, 17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. ‘Things have changed. The landscape’s changed.

‘I need you to be conservative in the way you do business, I need you to think about conserving our assets, and I need you to become part of the solution as it relates to sacrifice.’

Going forward the primary mission of the Marines will be to preserve their own readiness, Amos and Barrett said.

That will include plans to ‘recapitalize’ and ‘modernize’ the military branch in part by taking money out of its facilities maintenance and education system.

Amos also urged Marines personnel not to direct their frustrations at Congress, which he referred to as the Corps’ ‘best friends.’

‘The Marine Corps exists today because of the great support of Congress,’ he said. ‘So everybody is on this, everybody’s pulling together, and I want you to know we’re paying very close attention.’

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