Hagel to Downsize US Army

Washington,February 24 (QNA) – The Pentagon will reportedly unveil plans to shrink the nation’s army to its smallest size since after World War Two, in a cost-cutting drive.

An entire class of Air Force attack jets is tipped to be axed under plans, as Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel outlines his 2015 budget.

He is expected to propose trimming the Army to about 440,000 personnel from a post-9/11 attacks peak of 570,000, reported the BBC.

The US military is under pressure to downsize after two costly foreign wars.

The number of active-duty US Army members is already expected to be pared down to 490,000, as the US prepares to end its combat role in Afghanistan later this year.(QNA)


QNA 1801 GMT 2014/02/24


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