By Jeremy Herb - 01/13/12 03:44 PM EST
In a move reflecting the Pentagon’s new cost-cutting strategy, the U.S. Army is planning to withdraw two of its four brigades from Europe.
The Army is replacing the two brigades with rotational units, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in an interview with the Defense Department’s American Forces Press Service on Thursday.
The move is part of both a reduction in ground forces for the Army as well as a strategic shift toward the Asia-Pacific region. President Obama announced the new military strategy at the Pentagon last week. He said the United States would shift its military focus to air and sea and create a “leaner” and more “agile” military.
The Pentagon is preparing to cut $487 billion from its budget over the next decade, and Obama’s announcement last week was the first step in publicly laying out the new military strategy tied to the budget cuts. The Pentagon will release more details when it releases its budget in the coming weeks.