Defense to see cuts


KIMT NEWS 3 — U.S. Military forces are becoming the target when it comes to budget cuts.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined his 2015 budget plan today.
In it, the Army would reduce their number of active soldiers to somewhere between 440,000 to 450,000
That’s the smallest it’s been in 74 years.
It also calls for reductions in size of the Army National Guard and closing military bases.
Local political analysts say part of the reason for the cuts is technology having a bigger role.
“Now unless you actually have to go physically pull somebody out of a country and send in the SEALs you’re seeing drone strikes as opposed to putting boots on the ground,” Political Analyst Dr. Eric Shoars says.
Army leaders say they were expecting their numbers to shrink as the nation ends its combat role overseas.
The last time the army was below 500,000 active duty soldiers was in 2005.

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