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U.S. Army Anticipates Up to $14 Billion Annual Budget Cut

October 11, 2011

Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Army Lieutenant General Robert Lennox said the Army’s share of planned defense spending cuts may translate to between $12 billion and $14 billion a year.

Overall defense spending is projected to decrease some $450 billion over the next decade. That means the proposed cuts to the Army’s share of the budget will “come to the neighborhood” of between $12 billion and $14 billion a year, said Lennox, appearing on a panel at the annual conference of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington.

The Army already plans to shrink the number of active-duty soldiers to about 520,000 from about 570,0000 today. Because the size of the force can’t be reduced quickly enough to offset spending reductions, “the brunt of those cuts will come in modernization and training,” said Lennox, deputy chief of staff for weapons programs. “It’s just math.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Brendan McGarry in Washington at bmcgarry2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net


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