The Pentagon Cuts: A Closer Look Behind The Scary Headlines
The Pentagon's plan to reduce Army personnel would put troop levels closer to 1999 than 1940, despite media references to pre-World War II.By Zach Toombs | February 24, 2014
Reports that the U.S. Army would shrink to levels not seen since before World War II were everywhere Monday. But that claim provides just a small glimpse at a much bigger picture. (Via The New York Times, Time, Voice of America)
Since Pentagon leaders rolled out a budget that drops the number of active duty troops in the Army, some networks have been in panic mode — and mixing up Army troop levels with levels for the entire military, which would be quite different. (Via U.S. Department of Defense, Fox News)
But the U.S. military isn't reverting back to the days of bayonets and biplanes. The two major cuts proposed by the Pentagon Monday concern a reduction in active duty Army troops and cutting loose a relatively old class of fighter jet.