Automatic spending cuts required by sequestration will make it more difficult to defend the United States homeland, a top Defense Department (DOD) official said today.

“The sequester is real and affecting DOD through readiness, training,” Todd Rosenblum, acting assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs, told the Armed Forces Press Service. “It is difficult for the department to plan and budget intelligently, when we don’t have budget certainty.”

AFPS explained the budget comment came in the context of a discussion about cyber security. “The attacks themselves, he said, also could produce the type of man-made disaster that would require DOD assistance,” AFPS reported.

“Sequester has changed the calculus tremendously,” Rosenblum also said. “But this strategy is not about buying new capabilities: It’s about our planning, our processes and our integration.”