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The number of US Army will decrease to the level of the beginning of the Second World War

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The number of US Army will decrease to the level of the beginning of the Second World War

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (pictured) announced a further reduction in the number of armed forces as part of measures to reduce the country's military budget, the Pentagon’s official website, 24, said in February.


The army will be reduced to the minimum size that the United States had before the start of World War II, but it will be able to provide America’s defense against strategic threats. Over the next two years, the Pentagon’s budget will be cut by 75 billion.

The number of US Army personnel will be reduced from the current 520 thousand to 440 thousand people, but at the same time it will remain sufficiently equipped and trained military force.

It is assumed that the US will no longer participate in large and long-lasting military campaigns like in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the army will be able to "win in one major war", the Navy and Air Force will be able to be active in another theater of operations.

The number of special forces will grow to 4 thousand people and reach 69700, which will ensure the ability of the United States to respond effectively to asymmetric threats, said the Pentagon chief. The US military budget will be reduced to 496 billion. “The size of the US Armed Forces will be reduced, and we will have less room for error. Let's face it, the picture of the future is rather vague, ”said Hagel.

There is also a 5% reduction in National Guard personnel and reserve. In addition, Apache attack helicopters will be transferred to the army Aviationin turn, Black Hawk helicopters will be part of the National Guard.

$ 3,5 billion will be saved by withdrawing A-10 attack aircraft from the air force and replacing them in the 2020s with F-35 fighters. "A-10 is a 40-year-old highly specialized combat vehicle designed to destroy enemy tanks on the battlefields of the cold war. An attack aircraft cannot survive and operate effectively where the enemy has more advanced aircraft and air defense systems, ”the minister said. In addition, it is planned to decommission 50-year-old U-2 reconnaissance aircraft with a replacement for Global Haw strategic reconnaissance drones.

Among other suggestions are the following points:

- The army will cancel the program for the development of BMP Ground Combat Vehicle.

- The US Navy will maintain the number of aircraft carriers at 11 units, but if even larger budget cuts are adopted, this may require the preservation of the aircraft carrier George Washington.

- Half of the 11 cruisers will be put into reduced operational readiness for upgrading and longer service life.

- The Navy will buy two destroyers and submarines annually.

- The number of Marine Corps will be reduced from 190 thousand to 182 thousand people, but they will have to be reduced even more if the sequestration of the defense budget continues.

- Another 900 marines will be sent to guard US embassies in foreign countries.

- The US Department of Defense asks Congress to clarify the military budget framework for the 2017 fiscal year.

Hagel stated that most of the recommendations were adopted on the proposals of high-ranking officers. At a press conference with the head of the Pentagon, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Army, General E. Martin Dempsey (Martin E. Dempsey), answered the questions of journalists, who said that the spending plan reflects “army reform so that it will continue the best in the world. " “We reduce costs and make sure that the armed forces are in the right balance,” the general said.
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  1. oscar
    oscar 25 February 2014 12: 29
    +2
    Shaw, does the crisis make itself felt? winked
    1. Army1
      Army1 25 February 2014 15: 37
      +3
      Now the United States will be able to win only in 1 war, it is a pity, but before the whole world could be scattered. laughing
  2. Gardamir
    Gardamir 25 February 2014 12: 30
    +4
    Everything is correct. Why do they need a shooting army, if they everywhere win informationally.
  3. Russ69
    Russ69 25 February 2014 12: 36
    +2
    Probably the machine tool broke ... The more debt grows, the more there will be reductions and cuts in funding and not just the army. The process is inevitable, since a reduction in public debt is not observed, but spending on its maintenance is only growing.
  4. askort154
    askort154 25 February 2014 12: 36
    +9
    Their new strategy - "controlled chaos", is beginning to justify itself. The cost of building and maintaining one aircraft carrier is more expensive than organizing a coup in ....... and Ukraine.
  5. Tatarus
    Tatarus 25 February 2014 12: 37
    +8
    Indeed, why put your soldiers if the whole world is full of corrupt degenerates ready to die at a reasonable price.
  6. Scandinavian
    Scandinavian 25 February 2014 12: 37
    +3
    It looks like a repetition of the reduction of the army and navy by 500 thousand people in the 88 year in the USSR. Only the scale of the reduction is smaller, the amers simply have no hunchback ... History has the property of repeating itself with a potential enemy too ...
  7. shinobi
    shinobi 25 February 2014 12: 40
    +2
    Oh how! I don’t believe. Are isolationists really gaining the upper hand? No, no, no! It cannot be.
    1. clidon
      clidon 25 February 2014 17: 38
      +1
      Top gain financiers. If you need to reduce the military budget, then come with at least some kind of policy. However, isolationism still does not smell.
  8. mountain
    mountain 25 February 2014 12: 51
    +1
    Do not relax, only operators, drones and cybergs remain.
  9. Freemason
    Freemason 25 February 2014 12: 53
    0

    It is assumed that the US will no longer participate in large and long-lasting military campaigns like in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the army will be able to "win in one major war", the Navy and Air Force will be able to be active in another theater of operations.

    Yeah, of course. Will not. They wanted to say that they themselves will not. "We have NATO over there." But they are building up their power on drones. And so we will not fight .... If only "It will be necessary to win."
  10. inkass_98
    inkass_98 25 February 2014 13: 11
    +1
    - The Navy will buy two destroyers and submarines annually.

    And how to understand this? How much to hang in grams?
    1. clidon
      clidon 25 February 2014 17: 39
      +1
      I think it’s straightforward to understand - two destroyers (the order for Burke has already been placed) and two Virginias should be commissioned annually.
  11. alex84
    alex84 25 February 2014 13: 18
    +4
    Shaw, does the crisis make itself felt?

    Probably the machine tool broke ... The more debt grows, the more there will be reductions and cuts in funding and not just the army.


    It’s just that the army in the USA was contracted, it was inflated to wage two wars, in Afghanistan and Iraq, so the number should have been reduced, it makes no sense to pay a non-belligerent large contract army. Moreover, there is a system of reservists and, most importantly, PMCs have proven themselves well, and the main plus of PMCs is that they are not subject to laws and conventions that apply to the ordinary army. Moreover, the US plus is that they have free possession of weapons and have been able to use them since childhood, and this is a very important point in the event of any major war
  12. ikken
    ikken 25 February 2014 13: 19
    +1
    $ 3,5 billion will be saved by withdrawing A-10 attack aircraft from the air force and replacing them in the 2020s with F-35 fighters.

    In addition, it is planned to decommission 50-year-old reconnaissance aircraft U-2

    It pleases the most! good
    The only proven workhorse to support the ground forces is being retired and replaced with the young, versatile "imbecile" F-35. It's just a celebration of the soul laughing

    And one more holiday for all EW officers. Soon there will be an opportunity to "steer" the US reconnaissance submarine. And there won't be others!
  13. Altona
    Altona 25 February 2014 13: 22
    0
    Quote: Tatarus
    Indeed, why put your soldiers if the whole world is full of corrupt degenerates ready to die at a reasonable price.

    -----------------------------
    Or mobilize young people from three dozen Ternopil farms ...
  14. Gagarin
    Gagarin 25 February 2014 13: 24
    +1
    With the advent of manual armies in the countries of the colonies, its own is large without the need.
    Nationalists in Kiev did everything for candy wrappers, the main thing is not to turn off the dollar line.
  15. maestro123
    maestro123 25 February 2014 13: 29
    0
    For our part, you should not relax. soldier
  16. Lich
    Lich 25 February 2014 13: 32
    0
    The United States needs restructuring: Gorbachev urgently on a business trip, equip Indians, blacks to cancel benefits for Negro, unemployment, Russian popcorn.

    Ah, Alaska, then quietly, privatize
    1. Duke
      Duke 25 February 2014 13: 43
      0
      And join Poland to America to make it more fun.
  17. Ahmed Osmanov
    Ahmed Osmanov 25 February 2014 13: 40
    0
    "The number of special forces will grow by 4 thousand people and will reach 69700" Yeah ...
  18. platitsyn70
    platitsyn70 25 February 2014 14: 49
    0
    in the union, too, they began with reductions, but ended in collapse. Good sign.
  19. platitsyn70
    platitsyn70 25 February 2014 14: 55
    +1
    the American military industrial complex will be bent, they are not altruists for the idea can not work only for money and for very big money.
  20. Leshka
    Leshka 25 February 2014 15: 15
    0
    I think that they don’t need a large army, they can overthrow unfavorable regimes in other ways, like in Ukraine, for example
  21. Burmistr
    Burmistr 25 February 2014 15: 42
    0
    Why would Amers have an army, if he has learned so well how to solve issues with the wrong hands on someone else’s territory laughing
  22. Zomanus
    Zomanus 25 February 2014 16: 04
    0
    That's when the bases around the world begin to be reduced, then it’s worth rejoicing. In the meantime, they just clean up the junk. We cannot do this, because we have on 30-40% of the armament of such junk.
  23. kelevra
    kelevra 25 February 2014 20: 35
    0
    It finally came to the conclusion that their dispersal in building up military power was stupidity!
  24. Russ69
    Russ69 26 February 2014 17: 47
    0
    To this topic...
    The budget for US military spending for next year will include funds for the overhaul of the ground-based missile defense system and the modernization of interceptor missiles created by Raytheon, said Frank Kendell, deputy head of the Pentagon in charge of arms purchases and technological development.

    “We must create more reliable systems,” said the deputy head of the military department, noting that the current equipment is “poorly designed,” Reuters reports.

    At the same time, Kendall stressed that the problem of the imperfections of modern technology lies not in the lack of funding, but in the rush with which interceptor missiles were introduced and therefore were not tested properly.

    Earlier in the Pentagon stated that they plan to ask the US Congress to provide 4,5 billion dollars of additional funding for improvement over the five years of the missile defense system. At the same time 560 million dollars from these funds should go to the new interceptor missiles.

    Raytheon is the largest supplier of US Department of Defense. More than 90% of its revenue comes from defense orders. It was Raytheon who developed the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system and Tomahawk cruise missiles.