Pentagon Calls for Big Cuts to U.S. Military
The Department of Defense has proposed reducing U.S. forces to pre-World War II levels in order to meet the planned 2015 budget caps. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel outlined the bold plan, which includes cutting at least 50,000 active-duty soldiers, closing bases and eliminating both the A-10 ground attack aircraft and U-2 spy planes. These measures are likely to ignite a strong debate in Congress, but Hagel argues that the new and increasingly unpredictable geopolitical landscape requires the military to adapt. The proposed changes may lead to fewer boots on the ground, but Congress must first weigh up the level of risk.