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Congress Eyes U.S. Army Structure Commission

Defense News reports that “The US Army wants no part of it and the top leadership of the Army Guard and Reserve remain split, but powerful factions in Congress are moving to set up an independent commission that would examine the sweeping force structure changes the active duty Army says are necessary.”  

“On May 6, Sens. Patrick Leahy D-Vt., and Lindsey Graham R-S.C., co-chairs of the Senate National Guard Caucus, led a bipartisan group of 19 senators in introducing the National Commission on the Future of the Army Act, which would establish just such an independent panel.”  

“At the same time, Rep. Joe Wilson R-S.C., is expected to introduce an amendment to the fiscal 2015 defense budget that would require the Government Accountability Office to study Army force structure and report back to Congress by March 2015.”