Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
December 19, 2014

Pentagon Plans Army Reductions to Pre-World War II Level

New York Times: “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force” since 1940.

“The proposal … takes into account the fiscal reality of government austerity and the political reality of a president who pledged to end two costly and exhausting land wars.”

“Officials said that despite budget reductions, the military would have the money to remain the most capable in the world and that Mr. Hagel’s proposals have the endorsement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”

“The new American way of war will be underscored in Mr. Hagel’s budget, which protects money for Special Operations forces and cyberwarfare.”

Under Mr. Hagel’s proposals, the entire fleet of Air Force A-10 attack aircraft would be eliminated” and retiring the U-2 spy plane in “favor of the remotely piloted Global Hawk.”

  • David Bluefeather

    When you say “shrink the United States Army to its smallest force” since 1940, does that take into consideration that the U.S. Air Force was part of the Army back then?

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...