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AUSA Winter: US Army plans force transition

25th February 2013 - 13:14 GMT | by Ian Kemp in Fort Lauderdale


The US Army plans to reduce its Active Component (AC) from 570,000 to 490,000 personnel by 2017, retain the strength of the Army National Guard at 358,200, and reduce the Army Reserve by 8,000 to 205,000 personnel.

However, senior service officers repeatedly stressed that further cuts would be necessary if sequestration – resulting in an across the board 9% spending reduction – comes into effect on 1 March.

The Brigade Combat Team 2020 (BCT 2020) plan calls for reducing the number of active BCTs from 45 to 32 but also making the remaining BCTs more robust. At the AUSA Winter

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Ian Kemp


Ian Kemp

Ian Kemp has written extensively on historical and modern defence issues for publications in Europe, …

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