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U.S. Military Faces Major Cuts

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If a new Pentagon budget proposal passes, the United States army would shrink to its smallest size in decades. On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel outlined his plan to help the Pentagon save money over the next few years.

The defense secretary is calling on the army to cut thousands of troops, bringing it down to its pre-World War II size. He is also asking the nation's armed forces to do away with an entire class of Air Force attack jets.

"The equipment that you have, the modernization, the technology versus what our army looked like in 1939/1940. There's no comparison. So what does that mean? For one thing, it certainly means that I'm not sure it takes you the same amount of people today to do what they did in 1939," Hagel said.

While the cuts have the potential to be painful for military branches across the nation, here in Montana the National Guard said it's to early to comment on how it will be affected. The pentagon is preparing to present its plan to Congress next week.

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