Panetta: US Ground Forces Would Be Cut By 100,000

By: AP
By: AP

The Pentagon says the Obama administration will propose to Congress that U.S. ground forces be reduced by 100,000 as part of budget cuts that also would eliminate older aircraft, limit military pay raises and slow the buying of a next-generation fighter plane.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta tells a Pentagon news conference the administration will request a 2013 budget of $525 billion, plus another $88 billion for operations in Afghanistan. Combined, those totals are about $33 billion less than the Pentagon is spending this year.

Panetta also says the Pentagon's budget will grow to $567 billion by 2017.

He also is outlining areas of spending increases, including in special operations forces and cyber-security.


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  • by Lex on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:32 AM
    Yea!! Another 100,000 jobs lost for the men and women who risked their lives for us. Vote for Obama and we can all stand in the food stamp/unemployed line together.
  • by Hopeless on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM
    Another 100,000 jobs gone... But, he is the "Jobs Pesident" Shame on that administration for turning their backs on the men and women who are willing to place their lives on the line for government policies & values!
  • by RICO Location: Springs on Jan 26, 2012 at 07:53 PM
    In times of danger, not before God and the Soldier we adore The danger passed, and all things righted God is forgotten and the Soldier slighted A Marlborough Veteran (250 years ago)
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM
    But we never found Bin Laden's underground bunkers that Rumsfeld told us were out there. Shouldn't we find them first before we cut back?
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      by Lorelei on Jan 26, 2012 at 01:31 PM in reply to
      We never found any WMD's in Iraq either...You of all people, my dear Anonymous, know how we're lied to when it comes to attacking or occupying other countries!Now perhaps there will be more funds for schools, teachers, parks, libraries and quality of life items HERE, in our backyards!
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        by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 02:52 PM in reply to Lorelei
        Did you ever see the graphic of the underground bunkers? There's Media Hero Tim Russert and Rummy selling more stupidity that America buys. Thinking not required. Search it. It's worth the laugh.
        • reply
          by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 02:57 PM in reply to
          http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=364x1403724 Now we just need Ledhed to tell us that there's no proof that this ever happened.
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