General: Budget cuts could hit Army hard

A top-ranking Army official says a proposed $50 billion budget cut in 2014 would leave the armed forces with tricky choices about how to balance manpower and modernization.

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2012 file photo, female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- A top-ranking Army official says a proposed $50 billion budget cut in 2014 would leave the armed forces with tricky choices about how to balance manpower and modernization.

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell says military leaders are trying to juggle personnel requirements with the ability to keep equipment and training up to date. Failing to make those choices correctly, Campbell says, runs the risk of leaving "a hollow force." Campbell made his remarks Thursday at Fort Campbell.

Congressmen on Thursday debated the proposed cuts from the 2014 budget and half a trillion over 10 years as a result of congressionally mandated cuts.

The reductions would come on top of $487 billion that President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans agreed to in August 2011.


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