National Commission on the Future of the United States Army, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, February 11, 2016   [open pdf - 426KB]

This testimony compilation is from the February 11, 2016 hearing on "National Commission on the Future of the United States Army" before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of John McCain: "Through fifteen years of war, our Army has been tested. But time and time again, our soldiers proved their commitment, courage, and determination. It is our duty to our utmost to provide them the support they need and deserve. That starts by recognizing that our Army is still at war. At this moment, 187,000 soldiers are deployed in 140 locations around the globe. They're fighting terrorists and training our partners in Afghanistan and supporting the fight against ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] all while defending South Korea and reassuring our allies in Eastern Europe. Yet as the demands on our Army continue to increase, our support for our soldiers has not kept pace. In short, our Army is confronting growing threats and increasing operational demands with shrinking and less ready forces and aging equipment. By the end of the next fiscal year, the Army will be cut down to 450,000 Active Duty personnel soldiers, down from a wartime peak of 570,000. These budget driven force reductions were decided before the rise of ISIL or Russia's invasion of Ukraine. And as the commission notes, a regular Army of 450,000 is the minimum sufficient force necessary. We must be clear that when we minimize our Army, we maximize the risks to our soldiers. Those risks will only grow worse if mindless sequestration cuts are allowed to return and the Army shrinks to 420,000 soldiers. On the present course, we are running the risk that in a crisis, we will have too few soldiers who will enter a fight without proper training or equipment." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Carter F. Ham, Thomas R. Lamont, James D. Thurman, and Raymond F. Chandler III.

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