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The Pentagon has proposed to reduce the number of US Army

24 February 2014, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced plans to reduce the US Army, which in terms of numbers will reach its lowest level since the end of World War II. This is due to the huge costs that the US incurred during the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is reported by the news agency "BBC".

The Pentagon has proposed to reduce the number of US Army

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (c) Associated Press

Thus, the number of ground forces is planned to be reduced from the current 520 thousand people to 440-450 thousand people. It is noted that by the end of 2014, the number will be reduced to 490 by thousands of people as a result of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. It is also planned to write off reconnaissance aircraft U-2 and attack aircraft A-10 Thunderbolt II. However, these plans still have to approve the Congress.

According to Hagel, the administration also recommended the closure of several military bases in the US by 2017.

It is dismissed that in the period after World War II, the maximum number of US ground forces reached 1,6 million people during the Korean and Vietnamese wars. In 2000, it reached 482 thousand people, and the maximum value in the XXI century was noted in 2010 year, when the number was 566 thousand people.

The largest military budgets of the world in 2013, billion dollars. (C) BBC
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  1. andrei332809
    andrei332809 25 February 2014 16: 48
    there is nothing to feed. maybe they should send them cookies? after the reduction, all the retirees are going to the square in Washington (what is she called there?), and we will send them cookies in boxes and bags, and not some bag
    1. Partizan
      Partizan 25 February 2014 16: 50
      after the reduction, let all the retirees gather in a square in Washington (how is she called there?)

      and it will be an American Maidan?
      1. andrei332809
        andrei332809 25 February 2014 17: 00
        Quote: Partizan
        and it will be an American Maidan?

        American EURO Maidan wassat
    2. Su24
      Su24 25 February 2014 17: 30
      Saudis in 4th place, arming against Iran. And little Israel has a bigger budget.
    3. Realist58
      Realist58 25 February 2014 17: 43
      The news is really more than strange. Amerov occupation forces this form of employment. 100 thousand unemployed warriors without conscience, principles and morality are either the Washington Euromaidan, or mercenaries on the Galician front.
    4. Tyler Durden
      Tyler Durden 25 February 2014 17: 52
      It is also planned to decommission U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft

      Cheat Thunderbolt? belay Yes, it's just a dagger hit in my back. sad I can’t read it, everything went from here. crying

      It would be better to reduce a couple of hundred military bases abroad !! recourse
    5. Su24
      Su24 25 February 2014 18: 05
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  2. marshes
    marshes 25 February 2014 16: 49
    In America, recruitment points at PMCs, such as Black Water, are located near military bases, usually those who have ended the contract are recruited.
    Not much will pass and there will be two armies in the USA, the private will protect the interests of corporations. And in general what is the army for them, because it is a large corporation. smile
    1. kirieeleyson
      kirieeleyson 25 February 2014 20: 02
      already, and not two armies, but a slightly different form. Groups of anonymous from former warriors are formed on role missions and localized in a separate form of ownership. No PMC can withstand the diverse training of fighters, so it is.
  3. Same lech
    Same lech 25 February 2014 16: 49
    Americans are cunning in that they are replacing PMCs and structures aimed at overthrowing governments around the world - radish is not sweeter.
    1. andrei332809
      andrei332809 25 February 2014 17: 09
      Quote: The same LYOKHA
      radish horseradish is not sweeter.

      for others, yes. and the white barracks of black Obama-high. not only does it not pay from the budget (well, maybe from the budget, but not directly), and the government is not to blame for anything, it's all private traders
  4. Duke
    Duke 25 February 2014 16: 50
    It is logical and connected with the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.
    1. AVV
      AVV 25 February 2014 20: 52
      Quote: Duke
      It is logical and connected with the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Yes, what would they have two companies left, but the rest would have nothing to pay !!! Let them switch to reservists !!!
  5. hhhhhhh
    hhhhhhh 25 February 2014 16: 52
    The Pentagon has set up production of drones and robocopes on the way. Why pay salaries to people?)))
  6. semuil
    semuil 25 February 2014 17: 06
    Actually, I am for it. There aren’t enough shmalis for everyone. Face loss. To cut, of course!
  7. chunga-changa
    chunga-changa 25 February 2014 17: 12
    Obviously they are no longer needed a ground army. They are doing fine without her.
  8. uhu189
    uhu189 25 February 2014 17: 28
    Given the transfer of US priorities to the Asia-Pacific region, everything is logical. Interestingly, what is the dynamics of the fleet? Are there any reductions there, or is it planned to increase numbers on the contrary?
  9. Weniamin
    Weniamin 25 February 2014 17: 32
    Everything is correct. In recent military operations, new types of weapons have been tested and are now relying on precision weapons. And the meat is reduced. It is expensive to the Pentagon.
    1. semuil
      semuil 25 February 2014 17: 47
      "Meat" is enough. Moreover, in all countries. And at the expense of high-precision weapons, so this is not a panacea, maybe an inaccurate weapon is better? There will be something to think about. Fuck knows where it will fly.
  10. Maks-80
    Maks-80 25 February 2014 17: 38
    There is another suggestion. Generally dissolve the army of the USA.
  11. polkovnik manuch
    polkovnik manuch 25 February 2014 18: 25
    Well-functioning work has grown all over the military-industrial complex, the latest military technology, high-precision weapons, the creation of powerful PMCs by corporations - it’s quite logical why ground forces can also be strengthened (kept in such numbers), and it’s possible to counteract.
  12. APASUS
    APASUS 25 February 2014 19: 00
    Everything would be wonderful, only the United States is controlled not by President Obama, but by the military-industrial complex of the country. And they cannot a priori lose income. I don’t know what they’ll do, they will act out a terrorist attack, they’ll hack the server of a nuclear facility or another plane will fly to the factory with people, but they will take theirs. I am sure for all 100.
    Although the wait is not long, the events in Ukraine will show ....... 3-4 months and it will be clear
  13. Capyar 48315
    Capyar 48315 25 February 2014 19: 36
    the withdrawal of troops, an increase in the share of remotely controlled assets in conflicts, problems with unrealistic public debt, the non-rubberiness of the federal rez. system - everything is clear. But the liberated cadres will drink krovushki all over the globe, since they are not needed at labor exchanges, and unprincipled trained warriors are in demand. and the discarded swords will be cut down a lot of heads - not to scream them forging. And the freed funds will be redirected to solve problems, only those problems are not from the category of humane-social. But there is positive, the United States showed that their capabilities are limited. what they do not pull on the role of hegemon in the measure they desire
  14. shatu
    shatu 25 February 2014 21: 38
    Meanwhile, some DynCorp will increase staff.
    And, as it turns out, the reduced military will become their employees.
    And from the noticed pundossi in lawlessness, bringing "democracy to barbarians" (and the more oil, the more undemocratic the "barbaric" country will be),
    You can always disown yourself - they say, these are unprincipled mercenaries and the "peace-loving" Stars and Stripes White House is not responsible for them.

    What reduction? It's just that the war has long turned into a profitable business (more precisely, it has always been profitable, but, apparently, now the piece is especially fat), and this reduction only indicates that this "business" is growing, and this fat pie is being taken away from the budget. Plus, a private army is easier to control than a government one, no matter what puppet government is.

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