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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

New Approach Raises Questions for Ft. Hood

  • January 9, 2012
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The military’s shift to a smaller, but more flexible, force can be expected to affect Fort Hood, the nation’s largest Army post, most likely by trimming its authorized end strength.

And by reshaping the military away from a force designed to support sustained, large-scale wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon’s vision for the “Joint Force of 2020″ calls into question the future role of heavy armor units, such as those based at Hood in Killeen, Texas. The installation potentially could benefit from the return of up to two brigade combat teams from Europe, but that move could be offset once the number of Army personnel are scaled back, reported the Killeen Daily Herald.

While last week’s release of the Defense Department’s new strategy creates uncertainty for Fort Hood and neighboring communities, the post is likely “to remain a premier installation,” the story said.

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