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Gordon Adams is quoted in Defense News on Hagel’s plan to cut staff

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US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s intention to slash Pentagon and combatant command personnel is being warmly embraced on Capitol Hill, but experts say the historic difficulty in cutting the civilian workforce may doom the effort.


Gordon Adams, a former Clinton administration defense budget official now with the Stimson Center, called the plan “great symbolism, but not very meaningful.”

“Cuts in the future are the easiest to make,” Adams said. “The [service] chiefs love this sort of thing.”

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