According to the Army Alternative Futures seminar, substantial fiscal reductions from the military are needed in order to stabilize an out of control national debt. The Army is also preparing to draw down after the war in Afghanistan, and yet still remain effective and ready.
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US Army Prepares for Budget Cuts

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Army strategists are planning for an era of austerity which is predicated to last at least through the year 2015.

According to the Army "Alternative Futures" seminar, substantial fiscal reductions from the military are needed in order to stabilize an out of control national debt.

The challenge presented to the military: create a smaller, but no less effective military force.

The Alternative Futures seminar is part of the Army's Unified Quest series of war games which are conducted annually in order to examine issues critical to current and future force development.

The 2011 Alternative Futures seminar included 85 experts from academia, industry, civilian government agencies, U.S. and foreign militaries divided into four groups that independently developed a "vision of the future" grounded in current trends.

The Army is also preparing to draw down after the war in Afghanistan, and yet still remain effective and ready. One option is to redesign Army units.

Other Army cost-saving measures involve cutbacks in overseas bases and new alliances with foreign partners who would handle duties the Army currently performs.

At the end of 2010. the U.S. debt stood close to about $15 trillion. Low interest rates - about 2 percent - kept the economy fairly stable through 2011.

But just a 1 percent increase in interest rates would add $150 billion to the interest owed by the United States on its national debt each year - an amount equal to the entire budget for the Army

Meanwhile, China, the largest US competitor, is poised to overcome possible economic shocks more easily than the United States or Europe.

Cutting costs requires changes in how the US Army operates. With a strong and unified effort, the US Army can manage it. The national security of the United States does not rest in bigger military budgets but in reducing debt and restoring national fiscal health. And once again, the nation puts its trust in the US Army.



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