The Pentagon has divulged plans to shrink the size of the U.S. Army to 440,000-450,000 troops, which would be the smallest since just before World War II.
The full proposal is to be released today. But the New York Times, which appears to have broken the story, also says that the proposal will “eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted after the terror attacks of 2001.”
The Times story doesn’t say a great deal about how much this will reduce federal spending. The new budget is apparently the fulfillment of the requirement to cut military spending as part of the so-called “sequestration” agreement. It will be interesting to see the reaction from debt/deficit hawks. From the Times summary:
The proposal… takes into account the fiscal reality of government austerity and the political reality of a president who pledged to end two costly and exhausting land wars. A result, the officials argue, will be a military capable of defeating any adversary, but too small for protracted foreign occupations.