a series of increasingly dire assessments, the U.S. Army all but
declared itself to be on the verge of becoming an impotent fighting
force as a result of budget cuts and sequestration.
At a joint press conference with Army Secretary John McHugh on Monday, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno warned that the
U.S. Army only currently has two combat-ready brigades in the entire
force. According to Odierno, even many of the brigades being sent to
Afghanistan are only equipped for training and advisory missions, not
for combat roles.
An influential recent report
by the Washington-based Stimson Center argued that the U.S. Army of
450,000 troops would be capable of carrying out manpower-intensive
counterinsurgency and stability operations. The report specifically
argued that troops trained to fight traditional wars should be cut.
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