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Major military cuts on the way

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 01:22

Feb. 24 - The U.S. Defense Secretary and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff propose shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size since World War Two. Linda So reports.

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Big cuts are coming to the U.S. military. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed on Monday shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size since before World War II. The proposed budget cuts come at a time when the U.S. military is winding down its war overseas. SOUNDBITE: U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY CHUCK HAGEL, SAYING: "As we end our combat mission in Afghanistan, this will be the first budget to fully reflect the transition DOD is making for after 13 years of war." As part of the cuts, the Pentagon also plans to eliminate the popular A-10 aircraft attack jets. Hagel admits any time there are budget cuts, there's an increased risk. SOUNDBITE: U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY CHUCK HAGEL, SAYING: "You have fewer troops, fewer ships, fewer planes, readiness is not the same standard. Of course there is going to be risk. That means there is risk across the whole horizon of responsibilities and that is what we are talking about." General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the risks must not come at the expense of U.S. servicemen and women. SOUNDBITE: JOINT CHIEF OF STAFF, MARTIN DEMPSEY, SAYING: "Now we are all willing to take risks, but none of us are willing to take a gamble. Because at the end of the day, it's our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coastguardsmen, America's sons and daughters who will face tomorrow's challenges with the strategy, structure, and resources that we develop today." Hagel will formally present his budget to Congress next week. The proposed cuts are likely to be unpopular during the mid-term election year.

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Major military cuts on the way

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 01:22