Hagel: U.S. Army Readiness Improved, but More Needed

Posted October 16, 2014 at 5:05am

Reuters reports that “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday the U.S. Army has improved its combat readiness this year but is still short of what is needed to defend the nation with minimum risk after being hit with deep across-the-board budget cuts last year.”  

“Hagel said a congressional budget deal late last year had helped to stabilize defense spending and enabled the Army to devote more resources to maintenance and training. But he warned that the gains could be reversed unless lawmakers act to avert a return to the deep spending cuts in October of next year.”  

“‘Our soldiers deserve … a stable and predictable budget that gives them and their families the training and support they need,’ Hagel said in a speech at an Army convention.”