World Crises Drive Army Chief's Worries Over End Strength

By Sebastian Sprenger / October 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said ongoing global crises have left him doubting earlier assertions that the service can reduce its end strength below 490,000 troops. Odierno cited "Russian aggression" in Ukraine and the advance of terrorists under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant banner in arguing against budget cuts that are driving the Army to a size of 450,000 or fewer active-duty soldiers. "There's too much going on around the world," he said Monday at...

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