Army preparing two budgets

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  1. NorwichDad

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    Bad times ahead

    Army Drafts Plans for Worst-Case Budget Scenario


    "The Army already plans to shrink from more than a half a million active-duty soldiers today to about 490,000 around 2017. That figure, however, may drop to 380,000 if sequestration remains in effect, Pentagon officials have said. The pace of the reductions have led some to question whether the ground force will be able to perform its full range of contingency operations."

    "We happen to believe a smaller but well equipped, highly trained Army is better able to meet contingencies than say a large force without sufficient training, without modern equipment," McHugh said."

    "n a separate briefing with reporters, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said of the 42 active duty brigade combat teams, the Army only has two trained for combat missions. The service wants to increase that number to seven by June, he said. Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan are being trained to advise and assist Afghan forces, not engage in combat, he said."



    http://www.military.com/daily-news/...udget-scenario.html?comp=7000023317828&rank=1
     
  2. kinnem

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    One wonders if the feds should take into account the increased costs to other areas of the budget if cuts of this size are made. The jobs just aren't out there. And that is, of course, ignoring all the other issues with cuts in general, and especially cuts of this size.

    One also wonders if its another case of 'crying wolf'.
     
  3. NorwichDad

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    What was supposed to be a four-year process to cut the Army’s end strength by as many as 80,000 soldiers, inactivate 10 BCTs and reorganize the remaining BCTs will now be compressed into two years, according to a report in the Army Times.

    We are accelerating the downsizing of the Army’s active component end-strength to [490,000] by FY15 instead of FY17. Additionally, we will maintain a certain number and mix of units at a higher level of readiness to meet contingency requirements.”

    Most soldiers from the 10 BCTs slated for inactivation likely will be absorbed into the remaining BCTs, according to the report. In all, the BCT cuts will result in the loss of about 17,700 positions, which are counted as part of the 80,000 end strength cut toward which the Army is working.

    In addition to the 10 U.S.-based BCTs scheduled for inactivation, the Army has inactivated two BCTs in Europe — the 170th in Baumholder, Germany, and 172nd in Schweinfurt, Germany.

    This will leave the Army with 12 armored BCTs, 14 infantry BCTs and seven Stryker brigades.




    http://www.stripes.com/report-army-accelerating-cuts-reorganization-1.248253
     
  4. NorwichDad

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    No, I am starting to think they will do this regardless of budget outcome.
     
  5. kinnem

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    Wow! You'd think a strategy would come into play somewhere here rather than letting the budget process drive it. But then again if the budget process drives it I guess you adjust your strategies accordingly. Not the way I'd prefer it be done - but you get what you pay for.
     
  6. NorwichDad

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    Right, that the plan. I think everything is going change soon. War time to peace time military will be as tramatic as it has been in the past. But overall it is a good thing when you think about it.
     
  7. kinnem

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    True dat.
     
  8. payitforward

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    DS posted the link to this one on his FB the other night:
    "U.S. Army Hones Antiterror Strategy for Africa, in Kansas"
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/19/w...ces-to-fight-terror.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&hp
     
  9. GoBlue1984

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    Kinnem, Maybe the strategy is to use the budget to dictate foreign policy, and limit our influence around the world, since some seem to think we are a big, bad, imperialistic state.
     
  10. kinnem

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    :eek:
     
  11. Thompson

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    Don't forget about our Orwellian future :rolleyes:
     
  12. EDelahanty

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