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Overnight Defense: Army Cutting Combat Brigades
The Hill ^ | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | Kristina Wong and Jeremy Herb

Posted on 03/13/2014 6:33:40 PM PDT by kristinn

Army cutting combat brigades: The Army could need to cut brigade combat teams — the Army's self-sustainable deploying units — nearly in half to accommodate the Pentagon’s plans to slice the Army’s size to below 450,000 soldiers after 2017.

Gen. John Campbell, the Army’s vice chief of staff and second-highest ranking member, in an exclusive interview with The Hill said the service was already planning to reduce its combat brigades, basic Army units of 5,000 soldiers that can be deployed and sustain themselves overseas.

The brigades were scheduled to reduce from 45 in 2013 to 32 by 2015, but now the number will shrink further. “That 32 is tied to 490,000, not 450,000. ... At 450,000 or 420,000 we can’t keep the same amount,” Campbell said.

Campbell did not say exactly how few active-duty brigades the Army could afford to have with the smaller forces.

A Feb. 28 report from the Congressional Research Service cited an Army briefing in suggesting active-duty brigades could be cut to 24 with an Army of 420,000 soldiers in 2019.

Cutting active-duty brigades by that much could dramatically alter U.S. capabilities overseas.

For example, the Army might not be able to keep two active-duty brigades in Europe.

That would send a negative signal to Eastern Europe, where fears about Russia have grown with that country’s military intervention in Ukraine.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: johncampbell; obama; usarmy

1 posted on 03/13/2014 6:33:40 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Obama and his MarxoFascists are making sure that we can be conquered by Paraguay.

It’s called the ‘redistribution of strength’.

His Heinous intends for the US of A to end up at the bottom of the nations by the time he’s finished.

Put another way - Obama is not going to rest until we are ashes under the feet of the rest of the world.


2 posted on 03/13/2014 6:41:30 PM PDT by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: kristinn

Meanwhile support for illegals and welfare continues unabated.


3 posted on 03/13/2014 6:42:19 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: kristinn

Makes sense. Under the Obamabastard we are steadily losing anything worth fighting to protect - our rights, our families and our possessions.

Why do we need a military anyway?


4 posted on 03/13/2014 6:42:27 PM PDT by ZULU (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: kristinn

Since WWII we’ve made it a policy to be able to fight a two-front war. Obama is changing that so we’re not even able to fight a one-front one.


5 posted on 03/13/2014 6:47:26 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: kristinn

And the idiots like to discuss force multipliers.

As if it doesn’t work the other way. Congrats, you have a ship that takes the place of 4 others. So when the enemy sinks 1 it’s like wiping out 5 ships.

The whole point of better tech and weapons is so we can have overwhelming superiority easier. It’s not a damn challenge to see how much DC can cut.


6 posted on 03/13/2014 6:48:37 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: ZULU

We have women and homosexuals infecting our army. It is rotting from the inside.


7 posted on 03/13/2014 6:51:07 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: kristinn

Isn’t it very odd that you’re not reading about such slashing cuts to other agencies like, Education, Labor, etc. DoD, no problem.


8 posted on 03/13/2014 6:51:08 PM PDT by USNA74
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To: Bogey78O

you may fly over a land forever; you may bomb it, atomize it, pulverize it and wipe it clean of life—but if you desire to defend it, protect it and keep it for civilization, you must do this on the ground, the way the Roman legions did, by putting your young men in the mud. ”


9 posted on 03/13/2014 6:54:28 PM PDT by redlegplanner ( No Representation without Taxation)
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To: kristinn

In World War II the United States had 20 Armored divisions, 2 Cavalry divisions, about 92 Infantry divisions and six Marine divisions, not to mention separate brigades, regiments and other assorted units. Three brigades normally make up one division. Yes, we’ve declined that far. At its peak, the Army (including the Air Forces) totaled 8,267,958 and the Navy 3,380,817 while the Marine Corps had 474,680
and the Coast Guard (part of the Navy in wartime) encompassed 85,783 personnel.


10 posted on 03/13/2014 6:56:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: SADMILLIE

“We have women and homosexuals infecting our army. It is rotting from the inside.”

Excuse Me! There are many women who have served the USA in the military with honors. So many have nursed our soldiers back to health, supported our officers as well as being some, and sexism isn’t the right way to approach the women who have served their country well. Many of those women have saved lives and been the backbone of service deployment and communication.
I supposed you want them at home..barefoot and pregnant?
Good Grief!

To object to the latter is understandable, however, we are talking about gender when it comes to women, not morality. In Israel every person serves at the age of 18 unless excluded for certain reasons.


11 posted on 03/13/2014 6:57:34 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: kristinn

How can this be happening with all the political support we get from libertarians?

Just kidding.


12 posted on 03/13/2014 6:59:06 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: kristinn
Meanwhile, Hsi Chin-p’ing and Vladimir build up their respective militaries unabated and unhindered.


13 posted on 03/13/2014 7:00:14 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: kristinn

Obama is living in Bizarro World. Here he is threatening Russia in Crimera on the one hand, and cutting brigades on the other hand. We need to be staffing more divisions and corps at this point in time. A few boutique brigades with TG’s and gays will be no match against the Ruskies.


14 posted on 03/13/2014 7:00:17 PM PDT by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: Kackikat

No!!! I want them Nursing!!


15 posted on 03/13/2014 7:23:12 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: kristinn

Only once in our history have we needed a militia more.


16 posted on 03/13/2014 7:30:39 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: kristinn
This takes the US Army from being able to deal with two, hot, mid-sized wars at the same time...to one.

And that one precariously.

Air Force is saddled with worn out equipment. Same with Army and Marines.

Navy doing OK from an aging equipment measure, but the number are far, far too low.

Still they cut.

Any General Officer who supports this nonsense should be cached.

And the congressmen who vote for it should be tried in a court of the people for the highest charge anyone can come up with.

Followed by the most severe punishment legally allowed.

17 posted on 03/13/2014 7:31:44 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: SADMILLIE

Exactly!


18 posted on 03/13/2014 9:53:57 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Kackikat

Woman should not be in combat units.


19 posted on 03/13/2014 9:54:52 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: kristinn

At a time when Russia and China are building up their armies, we are reducing ours.

And Kerry threatens Putin... with a toothpick. Ouch! That will really hurt him! ;)


20 posted on 03/13/2014 10:13:05 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: kristinn

The Army is cursed with a wicked, traitorous Commander in Chief and his compliant lap dog Sec Def.


21 posted on 03/14/2014 3:50:35 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: driftdiver

“Meanwhile support for illegals and welfare continues unabated.”

Of course; these cuts are diverting funds from a group that traditionally wouldn’t support a communist to others that wil...


22 posted on 03/14/2014 4:12:31 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Kackikat

“I supposed you want them at home..barefoot and pregnant?”

The earth is being inherited by people who don’t put their women in the military; they breed instead. The more “equal” (in the liberal sense of the word) women become, the faster a civilization disappears. I’ve mentioned on other threads that I ran into an interesting item at a flea market that was very troubling to one of my sons: a pair of ACU digital camo pants with an elastic section in front (to accomodate a pregnant “soldier”). These were military issue pants!

Not surprisingly, we were in an area (north Jersey) once populated by Americans that is now filling with “others” that have different ideas about women and propagating the speicies.


23 posted on 03/14/2014 4:18:26 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

I’d suggest “cutting” all of odumbo’ stupid ideas just as quickly as possible, before he gets us into some REAL problems there is no way out of.


24 posted on 03/14/2014 4:37:39 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: kristinn

Someone forgot to tell CJCS Dempsey about cutting the Army’s already anemic combat strength in half. He just said we’re ready to intervene militarily in the Ukraine.


25 posted on 03/14/2014 4:41:36 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Bogey78O
And the idiots like to discuss force multipliers. As if it doesn’t work the other way. Congrats, you have a ship that takes the place of 4 others. So when the enemy sinks 1 it’s like wiping out 5 ships. The whole point of better tech and weapons is so we can have overwhelming superiority easier. It’s not a damn challenge to see how much DC can cut.

And the "concept" of force multipliers can only be even marginally valid if you are willing to unleash the forces. What we are doing is reducing our might to the point we won't be able to do any more damage with a full-tilt effort than we are willing to do with the current ROE that handcuff our warriors. We are heading for true paper tiger status.

26 posted on 03/14/2014 5:08:38 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: kearnyirish2

Not sure I see a difference in the original sexist comment about women that I answered, and some of the terrorists views of women...not familiar with the NJ group you mentioned. I’m not a feminist or liberal but patriotic women who serve this country are conservative.


27 posted on 03/14/2014 8:44:22 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: kearnyirish2

Not sure I see a difference in the original sexist comment about women that I answered, and some of the terrorists views of women...not familiar with the NJ group you mentioned. I’m not a feminist or liberal but patriotic women who serve this country are conservative.


28 posted on 03/14/2014 8:44:42 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: fortheDeclaration

That depends on their rate and why they are there...Chaplains and their assistants are in combat areas and units, and some are female. Doctors and Nurses too.


29 posted on 03/14/2014 8:47:47 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: SADMILLIE

Thank you....women have served well and without some of those nurses in WWII many would not have come home. Females make good Chaplains and also secretarial rates.


30 posted on 03/14/2014 8:49:13 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: Kackikat

“I’m not a feminist or liberal but patriotic women who serve this country are conservative.”

I wouldn’t assume that; while some certainly are, unfortunately the one that comes to mind due to the publicity (the guard at Abu Ghraib?) was a mess. Knowing several people in the military, they see a variety of women in the service.


31 posted on 03/15/2014 3:36:19 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

Patriotic women don’t do what that woman did, period. I was speaking about women who have served honorably....

I think the Abu Ghraib guard, she was dishonorably discharged among other things.

Usually the Conservatives are willing to serve for reasons of freedom and educational benefits. Some liberals as in registered Democrats, but they are usually moderate, somewhat conservative. The libtards are aligned with the more opposing factors to the military...always exceptions to every rule though.


32 posted on 03/15/2014 8:25:09 AM PDT by Kackikat
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To: kearnyirish2

The Curse on America continues...


33 posted on 04/07/2014 11:00:37 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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