The Army wants to create a leaner and more agile force over the next seven years. But sequestration, the threatened across the board spending cuts required by law would derail that plan, the service’s top uniformed leader said today.
The Army’s current budget proposal is strategy-driven, and it allows the service to apply the lessons of more than 10 years of continuous combat, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told a Pentagon news conference.
“We will be leaner,” Odierno said. “We’ll be a more agile Army that is an adaptive, innovative, versatile and ready component of the joint force.”
The Army will be “the best-manned, best-equipped, best-trained and best-led land force in the world, to be decisive for a broad range of missions,” the general said.
The new strategy, he said, calls for the Army to perform many different missions, from humanitarian through full-scale combined operations, as well as being more responsive.
So, just as the Army is wrapping up a decade of two wars that both showed that numbers of soldiers are critical, the Army shifts yet again to its peacetime fetish for a small agile force.
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