Army's proposed FY-17 budget continues slow burn toward a smaller force

By Sebastian Sprenger / February 9, 2016 at 11:56 AM
The Army is requesting $125 billion for its fiscal year 2017 base budget and $23 billion for war spending, continuing a trend of pursuing only selective modernization investments in favor of increased readiness of a shrinking force. The proposed overall budget figure is almost identical to the amount appropriated by Congress for the current fiscal year, with a slight FY-17 base-budget reduction offset by a commensurate add in Overseas Contingency Operations funds. The money would pay for 460,000 soldiers by...

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