Odierno, McHugh Request Plan to Make 25% Army Budget, Manning Level Cuts

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Ray Odierno and John McHugh (pictured left to right)
Ray Odierno and John McHugh (pictured left to right)

Two of the Army’s lead officials have set a Sept. 11 deadline for a review team to provide recommendations on how to distribute 25 percent cuts across headquarters, Defense News reported Monday.

Paul McLeary writes Army Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno outlined the directive in an Aug. 14 memo obtained by Defense News.

“Let there be no mistake, aggregate reductions WILL TAKE PLACE,” said the Army leaders in the memo.

“The money is gone; our mission now is to determine how best to allocate these cuts while maintaining readiness. We expect Army leaders, military and civilian, to seize this opportunity to re-shape our Army. This effort will take PRIORITY OVER ALL other Headquarters, Department of the Army activities,” it said.

The document says the group will have seven areas of focus, including readiness, acquisition workforce, cyber, installation services and C3I (command, control, communications and intelligence), McLeary writes.

“To ensure Army readiness at these reduced budget levels, we must make the best and maximum use of every single dollar provided to the Army,” Odierno and McHugh wrote, according to the report.

Defense News reports Thomas Hawley, Army deputy undersecretary, and Lt. Gen. Thomas Spoehr, chief of the Army Office of Business Transformation, were appointed to lead the focus area review group.

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