U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Democrat from Illinois, says soldiers need intelligence to carry out their missions but the CIA, like other government agencies, is losing employees due to the shutdown.
"All DoD work will stop on weapons and equipment maintenance not directly related to war, bases will not be maintained and we will see a degradation of facilities," he said. "You'll see massive disruptions all across this country." While the Defense Department will continue to operate with service members and essential employees after a shutdown, Durbin said a gap in funding would "cripple our intelligence community." "We rely on their agencies to warn us of threats, to prevent terrorist attacks and inform leaders making critical national security decisions," he said.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Tuesday that the government shutdown raised a "dark cloud of uncertainty" over overseas military missions that would raise doubts among key allies, inevitably damaging U.S. credibility.
Army aviation has reportedly been grounded except in Afghanistan.