The Army won't be the only service getting a haircut. While few specifics have yet been announced, one force to go will be the USAF's venerable A-10 Warthog. One of the ugliest yet most effective warplanes of its era, the A-10 has never been popular with Air Force brass who prefer sleek and fast.
Hagel's move is bound to elicit plenty of pushback in Congress where legislators tend to go ballistic at the suggestion of base closings in their districts.
Reader, Steve, left a comment that got me thinking about what awaits America's private army spawned by Bush-Cheney. Outfits like Blackwater/Xe; Kellogg Brown and Root; Halliburton and dozens of smaller companies that provided 'contractor' services in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the latter years of the Afghan war there were more contractors
Andrew J. Bacevich in his book, The New American Militarism, (here, here and here), chronicled how, under Bush-Cheney, America became saddled with a hydra that he described as a "military/industrial/neo-conservative/Christian fundamentalist/commercial warfighting complex."
Roman senators used to like to keep their legions deployed in distant lands, fearful of having their city swarmed with unemployed soldiers. Where will today's Legion of contractors go, what will they do?