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FY 2013 Budget Request Details Force Structure Reductions

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  • February 13, 2012
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The Pentagon unveiled a $525.4 billion base budget for fiscal 2013 on Monday, the administration’s first detailed look at how it plans to incorporate $487 billion in spending cuts through 2021.

The request, down $5.2 billion from current year funding, represents the first budget in more than a decade that cuts defense spending in absolute terms, reported the Hill newspaper.

About $50 billion of the savings would be achieved through force structure reductions that would be carried out by 2017, with the Army trimming 72,000 personnel, the Marine Corps 20,000, the Navy 6,200 and the Air Force 4,200. More limited reductions would be imposed on the Reserves and National Guard. According to the proposal:

  • the Army would eliminate at least eight brigade combat teams;
  • the Navy would eliminate seven cruisers and two dock landing ships;
  • the Marine Corps would eliminate one infantry regiment headquarters, five infantry battalions, one artillery battalion, four tactical air squadrons and one combat logistics battalion; and
  • the Air Force would eliminate six combat coded fighter squadrons and one noncombat coded fighter squadron, and 303 aircraft, including 123 combat aircraft, 150 mobility and tanker aircraft and 30 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.

The budget also calls for $60 billion in efficiency savings, which would be achieved through improved business practices, streamlined installation support, freeing up resources from lower priority programs, eliminating duplication and trimming overhead. The department, for example, plans to continue consolidating its data centers.

Also, DOD’s civilian workforce would be trimmed by 1 percent under the 2013 budget.

Read the American Forces Press Service story.

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