Skip to comments.Overnight Defense: Army Cutting Combat Brigades
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 Pentagons plans to slice the Armys size to below 450,000 soldiers after 2017.
Gen. John Campbell, the Armys 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 cant 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 countrys military intervention in Ukraine.
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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.
Meanwhile support for illegals and welfare continues unabated.
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?
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.
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.
We have women and homosexuals infecting our army. It is rotting from the inside.
Isn’t it very odd that you’re not reading about such slashing cuts to other agencies like, Education, Labor, etc. DoD, no problem.
you may fly over a land forever; you may bomb it, atomize it, pulverize it and wipe it clean of lifebut 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.
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.
“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?
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.
How can this be happening with all the political support we get from libertarians?
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.
No!!! I want them Nursing!!
Only once in our history have we needed a militia more.
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.
Woman should not be in combat units.
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! ;)