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Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, has said recently that whatever the future size of the Army, it must adapt to conditions that are different from what many soldiers have become accustomed to during more than a decade of war. He said many have the misperception that the Army is no longer busy.
"He has worked hard with the services to ensure that we continue to stand for the defense of our national interests that whatever budget priorities we establish, we do so in keeping with our defense strategy and with a strong commitment to the men and women in uniform and to their families, Kirby said.
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propose cutting it further to between 440,000 and 450,000.
Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said Monday that Hagel consulted closely with the military service chiefs on how to balance defense and budget saving requirements.
Hagel is expected to announce that and other recommendations Monday in a speech at the Pentagon outlining his priorities for next year's defense budget.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Allyn Hagel, arrive for a State Dinner in honor of French President Franois Hollande, at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities, defense officials said Monday.
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