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Posts Tagged ‘force structure’

Odierno Remains Anxious over Army’s Declining End Strength

  • August 14, 2015
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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno on Wednesday warned that the service risks sacrificing its long-term viability if stringent spending caps remain in place. “I believe this nation is at an important inflection point, specifically regarding national security,” Odierno said during his last Pentagon press briefing as he prepares to retire from the Army after almost 40 years of service. “Our security environment remains uncertain and dynamic,” he said, “with increasing requirements on our military while we continue to have decreasing resources in our military. This is of great concern to me …

Army Commission Departs to Europe

  • July 30, 2015
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The National Commission on the Future of the Army visited U.S. Army Europe headquarters in Wiesbaden on Tuesday and was scheduled to hold further meetings in Grafenwöhr on Wednesday to review the future role of U.S. forces across the Atlantic. “Certainly, one of the things we’ve looked at is how quickly can the U.S. respond and what is the right balance of forces in Europe, both assigned and rotational,” said Carter Ham, the commission’s chairman and a former leader of U.S. Africa Command and Army Europe. The commission will look at the structure and size of the Army, determine the proper mix between the active and reserve components, and assess how government policies will affect mission requirements …

Army Commission Continues National Tour

  • July 28, 2015
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The National Commission on the Future of the Army has maintained a brisk pace as it visits posts across the country to assess the right balance between the active Army, the National Guard and the Army Reserve. Last week, Chairman Carter Ham and Commissioner Jack Stultz visited Fort Campbell, Ky., to meet with Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Holmes, deputy adjutant general of the Tennessee National Guard, and Col. Darrell Darnbush, commander of the 278th Armor Brigade Combat Team. “We were particularly interested in the partnerships the National Guard has built with its active duty neighbors and the overall ability to conduct multi-component training,” Ham said, reported Clarksville Online. “The importance of ensuring readiness of the Total Army Force in a fiscally constrained environment is critical to sustaining the relationships (among active and reserve components) formed through 14 years of combat …

Force Reductions to Leave Army at ‘Razor’s Edge,’ Odierno Says

  • July 26, 2015
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The Army’s plan to shrink its active-duty end strength to 450,000 soldiers over the next three years will force the nation to assume a greater level of risk as the number of hotspots across the globe rises, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Thursday. “With the increased instability around the world, 490,000 is the right number, but we can’t do it,” Odierno said during a visit to Fort Carson. “We don’t have the budget to do it.” The decision to eliminate 40,000 troops was prompted by the discretionary spending caps imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act. Odierno, who is retiring in August, is hoping lawmakers strike a multi-year deal to raise the spending caps …

Army Nominee Defends Restructuring Plan

  • July 23, 2015
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The restructuring the Army announced earlier this month will leave a force that is still large enough to meet its current missions, but at a “high level” of risk, Gen. Mark Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday at a hearing on his nomination to be the next Army chief of staff. “I think from a total Army perspective, we have adequate size, but that is with significant risk,” Milley said. “That risk is incurred in terms of time to get to the fight, the time to mobilize [National Guard] units, time to get them trained and certified, and then it’s also significant risk in potential casualties,” he told the panel. Milley, currently the commander of Army Forces Command, also responded to lawmakers from states slated to absorb a portion of the 40,000-soldier reduction that will be carried out by the end of fiscal 2018 …

Anchorage’s Civilian Economy Could Use Several Thousand Veterans

  • July 23, 2015
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While the Army’s plan to cut 2,600 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will have some negative effects on Anchorage’s economy, transitioning personnel who elect to stay in the area will boost the local labor pool and have an opportunity to significantly benefit the region, according to a commentary published in the Alaska Dispatch News. Anchorage employers from a range of sectors have said they have job openings that are difficult to fill because of a lack of qualified candidates, write Bill Popp, president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., and Julie Saupe, president and CEO of Visit Anchorage. The city has only 8,500 unemployed workers. “The troops and their families who are facing the upcoming military drawdown are professional, skilled workers, and we have the jobs for them right here in Anchorage and Alaska. The Army’s loss is Alaska’s gain …

Army Cuts Could Place Housing Bonds at Risk, Ratings Agency Says

  • July 19, 2015
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The Army’s latest round of restructuring, which is designed to shrink the service’s end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018, could pose a long-term risk for military housing bonds, Fitch Ratings said last week. The 8 percent reduction in Army personnel will not present a short-term risk, however, as only five installations affected by the changes secure Fitch-rated bonds, according to a press release. Four of the five posts are slated to lose about 5 to 6 percent of their military personnel. The fifth is set to experience a slight gain in population …

Anchorage Officials Temper Forecast of Army Cuts’ Impact

  • July 17, 2015
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Following last week’s announcement that Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson would lose 2,631 soldiers — 59 percent of the Army’s population — over the next two years, local economists feared the realignment would deliver a serious blow to the region’s economy. “It’s going to take a big chunk out of the Anchorage economy,” Scott Goldsmith, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research, told the Alaska Dispatch News. The area could lose 6,000 jobs — including direct and indirect — and likely send the economy into a recession, Goldsmith predicted …

Army Cutbacks Based on Comprehensive Analysis, McHugh Says

  • July 16, 2015
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The stationing decisions the Army announced last week needed to shrink the service’s active-duty end strength by 40,000 soldiers were based on months of analysis covering an array of factors including the time it takes to deploy soldiers and the strategic location of installations, Secretary John McHugh said Wednesday. “We came out with a ranking, and the decisions that we made were driven in very large measure by those rankings,” McHugh told “So it was not just an exercise in whimsy. It was a very precise process, as it should be …

Army Cuts Cover Small Facilities, Overseas Locations

  • July 15, 2015
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The Army has provided additional information about where the 40,000 military personnel it is eliminating as its shrinks its active-duty end strength to 450,000 by the end of fiscal 2018 will come from. About 2,300 of the positions will come from personnel based overseas, including 699 coming from Europe, 533 from South Korea and 71 from Japan, reported Stars and Stripes. Cuts at the 30 U.S. installations that were the focus of last week’s announcement about the service’s latest force reduction accounted for less than 20,000 personnel. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Joe Buccino said an additional 746 positions will be eliminated from over 300 small installations across the United States, some representing just a single position at a recruiting office …

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