Posts Tagged ‘Increase’

$40 billion needed to expand Army

December 23, 2008
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The Army projects it will need $40 billion annually above current spending levels once a planned 74,200 troops are added, according to a draft service report for the Obama transition team.

The report says the planned force of 1.1 million soldiers would require a budget of “$170 billion to $180 billion per year to sustain,” well above the 2009 budget of about $140 billion.

A draft copy of the 43-page document, labeled “predecisional” and dated November 2008, was obtained by Defense News, a sister publication of Army Times.

Admiral Mullen Advocates Troop Transfer from Iraq to Afghanistan

July 18, 2008

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has indicated he thinks conditions in Iraq have reached a point where further troop reductions could begin in September. At the same time the Pentagon wants to increase US military strength in Afghanistan by three brigades or 10,000 soldiers.