What’s The Right Size For The U.S. Army?
With the U.S. military out of Iraq and winding down in Afghanistan, the U.S. Army, which peaked with a force of around 570,000 a few years ago, was supposed to drop to around 490,000 troops.
But U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that’s still too big.
“The Army doesn’t want to shrink,” says Gordon Adams, who worked on Pentagon budgets under President Bill Clinton. “The Army doesn’t want to lose the segment of the defense budget it’s had.”
Adams says the Army has often cut back when wars end, including World War II and the Korean War, for example.
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