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Pentagon considers troop reductions due to cuts from sequester

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Carlo Muñoz and Jeremy Herb
The Hill
August 1, 2013

The Defense Department is considering reducing the Army to its smallest size since 2001 because of the sequester’s automatic spending cuts.

In a strategy released Wednesday, the Pentagon said one scenario being considered would shrink the Army from 490,00 to between 380,000 and 450,000 troops.

The Marine Corps would be slashed from 182,000 to between 150,00 to 175,000, and the number of aircraft carrier strike groups would be reduced from 11 to eight or nine.

“This strategic choice would result in a force that would be technologically dominant, but would be much smaller and able to go to fewer places and do fewer things,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in announcing the strategy.

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