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Pentagon budget looks to leaner, more hi-tech force

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks about the Defense Department's budget requests during a press conference at the Pentagon in Washington on February 24, 2014Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Monday outlined a proposed defense budget for 2015 that will shrink the size of the US Army in favor of new hi-tech weapons. The US Army would be scaled back 13 percent from 520,000 troops to 440,000-450,000 soldiers by 2017, making it the smallest force since before the United States entered World War II. The Army National Guard would be reduced from 355,000 to 335,000 and the reserves from 205,000 to 195,000. The US Marine Corps would be cut by roughly 10,000 troops for a force of 182,000.

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