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June 25, 2013 - 8:40 am

Meet our new Army of One:

The Army will announce that it will cut more than 10 brigade combat teams, a significant reduction in the size of its fighting forces and combat power, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The Army previously announced it would reduce its end-strength from its current level of 541,000 to 490,000 soldiers by 2017 under the $487 billion of spending reductions mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act, but has not detailed where it will cut. The Army is working to notify Congress of the cuts, an Army official told Stars and Stripes.

Army officials have said they had hoped to draw down gradually, but additional spending reductions and budget pressures have put those plans in doubt, the Journal wrote Tuesday. Some defense officials said that the Army will likely have to speed up its plans for reducing the size of the force.

There are so many snippy little responses to this story. A few for your pleasure:

• Good thing we won that war on terror.

• It’s not like anybody still feared us anyway.

• And yet we still found money for “stimulus” spending in an immigration bill.

• Maybe now Putin will give us Snowden back.

• It’s part of our re-positioning towards the Pacific — Pacific Avenue.

• How can Obama pivot to jobs when there’s still this great, big scary Army he has to look after?

I’m out. What’ve you got?

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Roger. The Army has to take the cuts. If we cut the Air Force, we may inadvertently limit the First Lady's travel plans.
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Well at least we'll be able to keep funding the shrimp treadmill and funding studies of the sex life of a piss ant.

It's all about priorities.
1 year ago
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The one form of government spending that Democrats have no trouble cutting is the one thing the Constitution specifically mandates the Federal government to do.
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"But we are much safer now that we have gay soldiers" said the idiot Obama.
If The Obama's goal is an all gay army then He'll probably end up with just that...
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This is Jimmy Carter 'deja vu'; we have learned nothing from our past mistakes and now we will get to re-live them all over again!! As a country we are trapped on history's treadmill which happens to be sinking swiftly...
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All cuts should start at the top since the military and Pentagon are top-heavy with brass, much of it excess.
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Al Qaeda hurt most of all as now we won't be able to support their side as much like we did in Libya and Syria.
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"• It’s not like anybody still feared us anyway."
Christians in eqypt and Syria do.
1 year ago
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Every time we have a democrat administration the JCS goes into damage control mode in an attempt to mitigate the damages, but not this time. With the appointment of General "My Favorite Martian" Dempsey as JCS Chairman Dear Leader got just the a$$ kisser and yes man he was looking for...nothing can stop the serious damage being done to our readiness and overall security. We can only pray that the Russkies/Chicoms/NorKors/Iranians do not seriously engage us until we get rid of these domestic enemies in charge right now. It all starts in 2014.....

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Everyone is looking at this the wrong way. It is the US sanctioned Army that is drawing down. However, if you want to joint the new Army of Latainia (formally known as Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California), I heard they are recruiting urban Generals straight out of the hood. Oh as a side note, my sources say illegal migrants are given preferential leadership roles.
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Brass ? What brass ?
Our Communist infatuated - Islamic jihadist - Socialist leaning - Alinskyite - President - got rid of the real Brass. What we have now is bunch of dented cartridge cases. But fine ‘coup’ material and that is a good thing !
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Easy to critique but reasonable. After 9/11 and the Iraq invasion the Army expanded many of its' divisions from 3 brigades of 3 battalions each to 4 brigades each still with 3 battalions. This allowed more time between deployments for training refit etc. Now that the operational tempo has receded to near peacetime levels..back to 3 brigades per division and some independent brigades like the 176th Abn in Italy to revert to battlalion battlegroup status. Now if the pentagon got rid of 10 generals for every 1 brigade..sigh.. ex 82nd Abn vet
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This is a non-story. Since we didn't draft to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army "expanded" by reorganizing its brigades. They cut from three maneuver battalions each (i.e tank and infantry) to only two each. This was workable since the artillery and cavalry were underemployed and re-roled as infantry to make up the missing third battalion. Now that we are out of Iraq and leaving Afghanistan, commanders are clamoring for their third battalions back. Since the Army is shrinking anyways, the only way to do this is make fewer but larger brigades to replace the smaller brigades. In itself, cutting 10 brigades to bring the rest up to actual war strength matters little. The Army has been talking about doing this for several years; they may only be making a news story of it now as part of the budget battle since the new Air Force and Navy programs are looking to deprive ground forces of a greater share of the dwindling funding.
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