BBC News - Pentagon's Chuck Hagel plans to downsize US military:
"Mr Hagel said at the Pentagon on Monday: "This is a time for reality.
"This is a budget that recognises the reality of the magnitude of our fiscal challenges."
He added: "There are difficult decisions ahead. That is the reality we're living with."
The number of active-duty US Army members was already expected to be pared down to 490,000, as the US prepares to end its combat role in Afghanistan later this year.
Noting the current US Army strength, Mr Hagel added: "Since we are no longer sizing the force for prolonged stability operations, an Army of this size is larger than required to meet the demands of our defence strategy.""
Thought - Every time Hagel and the Obamagon try to ramp up the fear/threat to US rhetoric, this action is all that has to be mentioned.
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