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Army Force Size Pressured by Cuts, Sequestration

The New York Times reports that the Army will “institute the largest organizational change since World War II by eliminating combat forces from 10 bases across the United States, part of a planned reduction of 80,000 active-duty troops over the next five years.”

“The announcement supports the Army’s effort to downsize the active-duty force to 490,000 as the military winds down from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cuts were a result of the 2011 Budget Control Act that required $487 billion in military spending cuts over a decade. This is the fourth round of budget cuts for the military since President Obama took office… General Odierno said that most of the troop reductions will occur with natural attrition.”

The Hill: “Odierno made clear Tuesday’s troop reductions would not go toward paying that sequestration bill… That said, the Army may have to cut an additional 100,000 troops should the service be forced to take sequestration into account in fiscal year 2014.”

Crossposted from Wonk Wire.

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