Rumsfeld Rejects Reed, Hagel Move to Boost Army End Strength

By Thomas Duffy / March 9, 2004 at 5:00 AM
A recently proposed Senate bill that would permanently increase the size of the Army will not ease the stress now felt by soldiers deployed around the world, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today. The better path, he told reporters, is a temporary increase. During a Pentagon press conference, Rumsfeld was asked about a bill introduced last week by Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE) that would make permanent a temporary 30,000-troop increase approved by Rumsfeld last month. Rumsfeld...

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