By Jeremy Herb - 12/01/11 03:28 PM EST
"I think physically it would probably not be possible for us to go back to the line-item level, which is how we do the budget, and redo everything in two weeks, which is about how much time we have left," he said, according to reports from the conference.
As the supercommittee neared failure, the Pentagon indicated that it wasn’t planning for the $600 billion cuts. The cuts wouldn’t take effect until January 2013, and defense hawks in Congress have vowed to reverse them.
The Pentagon is currently finishing a review of its spending to decide how to apply the $450 billion in cuts.