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April 23, 2014

Only Two Available Army Brigades Combat-Ready

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno indicated that sequestration and other defense cuts “mean only two Army brigades are combat-ready,” according to The Hill.

“Odierno said the Army hoped to have seven brigades prepared for combat by the end of June. The numbers did not include those brigades deploying to Afghanistan…but even those brigades aren’t trained for combat.”

“The Army is preparing two budgets for 2015 in order to deal with the possibility that sequestration will remain the law… Sequestration or not, the Army is drawing down its total force strength as the war in Afghanistan winds down.”

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