25 Nov '13, 3pm

Army forecasts shrinking squads, smaller vehicles: For the Army, everything is on the table. #army

Army forecasts shrinking squads, smaller vehicles: For the Army, everything is on the table. #army

WASHINGTON — For the Army, everything is on the table. During the service’s yearly senior leader seminar Nov. 20, the Army’s top uniformed leadership for the first time called for a look at cutting the size of the squad from nine soldiers to as low as six, while reminding subordinates that the service is shrinking and likely won’t be able to afford new leap-ahead technologies in the near future. And briefing slides referenced vehicles half the weight of the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV), which enjoys dwindling support among the brass. Going smaller while focusing investments on increasing the combat punch a small unit can bring to bear will “make us more affordable, yet as capable” as the service is now, one leading general said. A key point is also to become faster and more expeditionary. One senior leader said that in coming years, the Army will have to “reduce the size of...

Full article: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20131125/NEWS/311250009

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