Sinking US defence budget likely to affect military capabilties for years to come

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Andrew Elwell

On Monday, the Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined his recommendations for trimming U.S. Army personnel numbers from 520,000 to between 440,000 and 450,000. The 13% reduction is yet to be ratified by Congress although if it passes it will mean the Army is at its lowest level since before World War Two. Hagel made the remarks ahead of the 2015 defence budget, which is due to be unveiled next week. The Pentagon’s $496 billion 2015 proposal "will be the first budget to fully reflect...
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