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Proposed Pentagon budget cuts would shrink Army, retire aircraft
Proposed Pentagon budget cuts would shrink Army, retire aircraft

WASHINGTON — The Army will shrink to its lowest troop levels since before World War II under a budget proposed Monday by the Obama administration that seeks to downsize the Pentagon from the wartime buildup of the last 13 years, and calls for retiring hundreds of aging aircraft and warships. The proposals reflect changing fortunes in the once-sacrosanct Pentagon budget. Congress has already ordered nearly $500 billion in defense spending cuts over the next decade, and automatic budget cuts — only partially rescinded — have caused a harsh reevaluation of military needs as the nation closes out the punishing ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the proposed shifts...

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