Pentagon's Plan: Cut Army to Pre-WWII Level
Hagel budget moves military off 'war footing'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2014 3:03 AM CST
US soldiers line up to meet Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel before he departs from Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan last year.   (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, Pool)

(Newser) – The US Army may soon shrink to a level not seen since before it geared up to fight Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan simultaneously. In a spending proposal to be unveiled today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlines plans to cut the Army to around 450,000 soldiers, its lowest level since 1940, and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets, officials tell the New York Times. Insiders describe the budget as the first to try to move the military off its post-9/11 war footing.

Officials say the deep cuts will leave the US with a military still capable of beating any adversary—but not ready for any long-term foreign occupations. The budget, which is certain to face stiff opposition from defense organizations and some members of Congress, also contains billions of dollars in savings to be made by limiting pay raises and housing allowances, charging higher fees for certain health care benefits, and trimming subsidies for the commissaries that sell discounted goods to military families, the Wall Street Journal finds.

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JERZJOE
Feb 26, 2014 7:08 AM CST
just watch the movies RED DAWN(1984) & remake 2012!! both excellent!! and this what will happen if they cut the military!! also this will never happen.... When rep take control in Nov 2014,repeal obamacare, give us less taxes, fix the debt etc, NO CUTS IN THE MILITARY BUDGET ETC... !!! then in Nov 2016 Gov. Christie will be prez!!!! and everything will be AOK in the USA on Jan 20, 2017!! period!!
HANKHILL
Feb 25, 2014 1:01 PM CST
what else is new? ayatollah obama needs the money to pay for his new all muslim army! FUBO! FUBAR!
Texas1
Feb 25, 2014 9:41 AM CST
On December 1 1941. Some bright boy in DC said we should cut our military. No one has the power to attack the US.The same thing could happen again.