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Mattis Warns Against US Unpreparedness, Eye On Korea

Posted by Colin Clark on


AUSA: T.R. Fehrenbach’s seminal history, “This Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness” was center stage during Defense Secretary Jim Mattis‘ opening speech here this morning. The message to Congress and the American people, as well as the Army, seemed clear: war against North Korea is possible, though we’ll do everything possible short of war… Keep reading →

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Hagel: Army Role Won’t ‘Erode’; Can Even ‘Broaden’ To Pacific Missile Force

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[UPDATED with Congressional comment] Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reassured the Army today that its role is not “eroding” or “diminishing,” despite shrinking budgets, the rebalance to the watery Pacific theater, and the Obama administration’s commitment to “no boots on the ground” against self-proclaimed Islamic State. Instead, echoing comments by the Army’s own leaders, Hagel said… Keep reading →

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Sequestration Cuts Leave Army With Only 2 Brigades Ready To Fight: CSA Odierno

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATE: Odierno Clarifies. It May Be Three Brigades WASHINGTON: The Army has had to cancel so much training that only two of its 42 combat brigades are ready for combat, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters at the Association of the US Army conference here today. It’ll take until June to get a… Keep reading →

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Odierno: Army Faces $19B In Readiness Cuts; CH-47 MYP At Risk

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[CORRECTED with revised data from Army] CRYSTAL CITY: If Republicans and Democrats can’t come to terms, the combination of sequestration, a year-long Continuing Resolution, and reduced Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO) funding will slam Army readiness accounts by $17 billion to $19 billion, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said this morning. All told, he said,… Keep reading →

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