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DoD orders draw-downs for 2015, 2016

from The Coastal Courier

Budget pressures that have proven greater than anticipated mean the Defense Department will trim end strength in its ground forces beginning in four years, Defense Sec. Robert M. Gates said. "Under this plan, the U.S. Army's permanent active-duty end strength would decline by 27,000 troops, while the Marine Corps would decline by somewhere between (15,000) and 20,000, depending on the outcome of their force structure review," Gates said. The secretary and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to reporters at the Pentagon on the results of defense efficiencies initiatives begun in May 2010 to trim support costs and ensure funding for military modernization. more


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