Citing High Personnel Costs, Murtha Says Increases in End Strength Will 'Have to Come Down'

By Marjorie Censer / June 24, 2009 at 5:00 AM
The chairman of the powerful House Appropriations defense subcommittee said today that any increase in the Army's end strength would be temporary because "personnel costs are eating us alive." Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) told reporters over breakfast in Washington that he plans to fund an increase in Army forces "for a couple years, and then it's going to have to come down." The House Armed Services Committee in its version of the fiscal year 2010 defense authorization bill calls for...

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