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Air Force Cuts Mean Service Is ‘Slowly Going Out of Business’

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


A year has passed since Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Budget Control Act-the legislation mandating sequestration. Funding cuts that once seemed politically remote now loom large for leaders increasingly anxious about the impact $1.2 trillion in automatic budget reductions will have upon their respective districts and states. An estimated two million… Keep reading →

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Trust Us On Air Guard Cuts, Air Force Tells Congress

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: “Trust us.” That’s the last thing an irate Congress is ready to hear from the Air Force right now, but it’s the essence of what a three-star general told legislators today in a hearing on the administration’s hugely unpopular proposal to cut the Air National Guard. A Senate-proposed commission on the size and… Keep reading →

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Congress: Don’t Let Army Botch GCV, The Bradley Replacement

Posted by Doug Macgregor on


The Army’s senior leadership is determined to spend money on a new Ground Combat Vehicle (CV) to replace the aging Bradley Armored Fighting Vehicle. On the one hand, the admission that tracked mobile armored firepower is critical to survival and success in future combat is gratifying. On the other hand, the determination to focus on… Keep reading →

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What a Difference Two Wars Make: No Battles Between Army, Guard And Reserve

Posted by John Grady on


WASHINGTON: As the Army has been handed its largest manpower cuts since the end of the first Persian Gulf War and its acquisition accounts are being squeezed dry trying to find room for programs like Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles in its base budget, the atmosphere among the active, Guard and Reserve components is – surprisingly… Keep reading →

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Obama’s Shift-to-Asia Budget Is a Hollow Shell Game

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


If you take the Administration’s word for it, the most recent defense budget represents a sober-minded and far-thinking strategic shift from the Middle East to Asia, creating a smaller, high-tech force oriented increasingly towards inter-state conflict and deterrence. Many are even comparing the Pentagon’s current vision with that of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld,… Keep reading →

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Navy Eyes ‘Golden Age’ In Seapower, Cuts Or Not

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


WASHINGTON: The Navy sails on the cusp a new “golden age” of seapower despite the fact that it will have one of the smallest fleets in recent history, a top service leader believes. While actual ship numbers have dropped, the Navy has roughly the same number of large warships — cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers… Keep reading →

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Army Juggles Drawdown; Plans For Future Growth

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Department of Defense is on the defensive nowadays, with everybody braced for cuts. The Army already has marching orders to reduce its manpower from the current 565,000 active-duty personnel to 520,000, and no one expects it to stop there. But some Army leaders are looking past the lean years and planning how to build… Keep reading →

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Facing Big Cuts, Army Reshapes Reserves To Keep Key Troops

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


With the regular Army shedding personnel to fit in ever-tighter budgets, the U.S. Army Reserve is positioning itself as a low-cost way to keep skilled, experienced veterans associated with the military. The plan, in a nutshell: If you can’t keep ’em in the regular Army, keep ’em in the Reserves. Today, only 9 percent of… Keep reading →

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Army Builds First of New Brigades To Train Foreign Militaries

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Washington: The White House’s decision to send U.S. troops to help the Ugandan military curb a violent separatist group had Washington buzzing last week. Many inside the Beltway feared the mission, in which American special forces would support Ugandan forces in their war against the Lord’s Resistance Army, could be a first step into a… Keep reading →

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Panetta’s Frenzied Rhetoric Will Not Stop Decay of US Forces

Posted by Winslow Wheeler on


Until Tuesday Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta had been describing Pentagon budget cuts beyond the $450 billion over 10 years he and President Obama have already committed to in apocalyptic terms: “doomsday,” “catastrophic,” and “shooting ourselves in the head” to describe any cuts in the Pentagon’s budget. But on Tuesday, a new Leon Panetta was… Keep reading →

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