Army withdrawing two brigades from Europe

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

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”

{mosads}While the United States is reducing its European forces, Panetta said
that the change would not be noticed in Europe because troops stationed there have
been making frequent tours in Afghanistan and Iraq the past decade.

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.


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