EUCOM Head Philip Breedlove: U.S. Military’s European Budget to be Cut by a Fifth

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Philip Breedlove
Philip Breedlove

U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, head of the U.S. European Command, said that if sequestration pushes through in January, the military spending in the region will have to be reduced by a fifth, Reuters reported Thursday.

Peter Apps writes that Breedlove also said his command has been asked by the Pentagon to plan a budget reduction between zero and 20%. Most of the cuts, he said, will be at the headquarters level.

Breedlove, who is also NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, said that sequestration will lead NATO to work closer and train smarter.

“We want to cut the tail to protect the teeth… We have to work together perhaps more than ever before,” he said in a press briefing in London.

Consolidation of several military garrisons has already taken place in Germany and troop levels in Europe are estimated to be at 30,000 by 2017.

U.S. Africa Command said it expects to lose a tenth of its funding, according to the Reuters article.

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