WASHINGTON – In multiple trips to Capitol Hill this
fall, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno has painted a stark picture
of the future of the nation’s ground force.
Under the $500 billion
in cuts being forced by sequestration, he has warned time and again,
there is no money to train soldiers for combat, no money for new
programs, and not even enough room in the budget to keep the Army
anywhere near as large as it was before Iraq and Afghanistan.
“He did not define what war it is he wants to fight, except by the
standard Army definition of a BCT that’s been through all of the
training exercises, all levels of combat readiness, and is 100 percent
ready to do anything you call upon them to do,” said Gordon Adams, a
professor of international relations at American University and
distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center.
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