Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Hagels Seeks Smallest U.S. Army Since Before 2001 Attack

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today outlined a five-year Pentagon budget that would shrink Army forces to fewer than before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, while retiring older weapons including the U-2 spy plane and the A-10 attack aircraft.

“Our recommendations favor a smaller and more capable force –- putting a premium on rapidly deployable, self-sustaining platforms that can defeat more technologically advanced adversaries,” Hagel said in remarks at the Pentagon as he proposed a budget for fiscal year 2015 of $496 billion, in line with congressionally approved limits.