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DOD Budget to Call for Cutting Brigades, Trimming Troops

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  • January 25, 2012
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The Army plans to eliminate up to 13 brigade combat teams and 80,000 soldiers as the Pentagon attempts to trim spending by $487 billion over 10 years, officials said Wednesday.

The Army’s plan calls for cutting at least eight of its 45 brigades, reported the Hill newspaper. The move, which would shrink the number of soldiers from a high of 570,000 to about 490,000, would take place over the next decade. Now there are 558,000 active-duty troops in the Army.

As part of the restructuring, the Army will augment the remaining brigades with an additional battalion to ensure the units have the necessary combat capability, according to Brigades range from 3,500 to 5,000 soldiers, with battalions having between 600 and 800 soldiers.

Forming larger brigades, while cutting others, likely means some personnel will be relocated to different installations, according to the story.

Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said two of the Army’s four Europe-based brigade combat teams will be withdrawn and replaced with rotating units.

Panetta is scheduled to reveal details of DOD’s fiscal 2013 budget Thursday at 2:00 p.m. On Wednesday evening, he was set to brief congressional defense leaders at the Pentagon.

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