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The country’s top military officers told lawmakers Thursday that additional cuts to their budgets could put the nation’s ability to defend itself in jeopardy.

The chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. They warned that continued automatic cuts would force a reduction in manpower, training and weapons purchases.

Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations said, “We’re tapped out.”

The panel’s senior Republican, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, said President Reagan would be rolling in his grave if he saw how weak the military was becoming.