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.
General Ray Odierno , commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, said an explosion in Basra, Iraq, yesterday was probably a terrorist attack and that he’s confident the country’s security forces are able to deal with such strikes.
The chiefs of the U.S. military said they may have to end new weapons programs, close bases and cut civilian personnel starting as soon as next year if Congress allows about $1 trillion in defense cuts during the next decade.
Iraq’s envoy to the U.S. said the expansion of his country’s economy through a doubling of oil production hinges on forming a government acceptable to Shiites, Kurds and Ayad Allawi ’s rival Sunni-backed secular bloc.
The Pentagon is challenging lawmakers not to pull apart its $525 billion proposed budget as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta went to Capitol Hill to make the case for reduced spending linked to a new military strategy.
The Army is investigating the commander of a battalion at the main U.S. missile defense base for condoning sexual affairs at the remote facility in Alaska, creating what subordinates called a “toxic environment.”