Army To Cut Combat Brigades

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say the Army plans to slash the number of combat brigades from 45 to as low as 32, and broadly restructure its fighting force to save money and cut the size of the service by about 80,000 soldiers.

Officials say the sweeping changes will likely increase the size of each combat brigade -- generally by adding another battalion. Doing that would ensure the brigades have the capabilities they need to go to war. A brigade is usually about 3,500 soldiers and a battalion is between 600 and 800 soldiers.

The cuts come as the Pentagon finalizes its 2013 fiscal year budget, which must reflect about $260 billion in savings over five years. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because it has not yet been made public.

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  • by realist on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM
    Worst mistake. They'll realize it when we have another 9/11.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 01:11 PM in reply to realist
      Ask the Pentagon when that will be.
  • by Tony Location: South side on Jan 26, 2012 at 02:44 AM
    War is no longer about numbers, Its a high tech world and we are adapting.
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      by Ed on Jan 26, 2012 at 01:17 PM in reply to Tony
      Yes it is. I am checking my backyard for drone hummingbirds right now! Good to know that they are keeping me safe. I've even set up a battery charger feeder for them.
  • by mich on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM
    This is not just loss of jobs for soldiers but civilians who work for those brigades as well, plus loss of money in the local economy.
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      by RICO on Jan 25, 2012 at 08:44 PM in reply to mich
      In times of danger, not before God and the Soldier we adore, The danger past, and all things righted God is forgotten and the Soldier slighted. A Marlborough Veteran - 250 years ago...
  • by ER on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    Does this mean we will have less freedom?
    • reply
      by Lorelei on Jan 25, 2012 at 02:36 PM in reply to ER
      lol!! don't think anyone caught your humor! Like!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM
    Which means unemployment numbers will rise because not even the Army is hiring.
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