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April 17, 2014

Sec. Hagel: Cut Top Brass 20%

The Washington Post reports that “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that he has ordered a 20 percent cut in the number of top brass and senior civilians at the Pentagon by 2019, the latest attempt to shrink the military bureaucracy after years of heady growth.”

“Hagel’s directive could force the Pentagon and military command staffs to shed an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 jobs. That’s a tiny percentage of the Defense Department’s 2.1 million active-duty troops and civilian employees, but analysts said it would be a symbolically important trimming of the upper branches of the bureaucracy, which has proved to be resistant to past pruning attempts.”

The Jacksonville Daily Record added: “Hagel was apologetic for the staffing reduction but warned more reductions could happen if a change isn’t made.”

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  • Bill ee bong

    …to make a pyramid, lopping the top off means that there will also be a culling of the herd all the way to the bottom, which fans out proportionally from the top. It will be interesting to see which of these so “very important” positions get chopped and who ends up making the decision.

    • Bryan

      I’m hardcore pro-defense and generally anti-Hagel, but cutting 20% of the top brass won’t hurt anything. The military has too many admirals and generals with nothing to do but write new regulations. It is a pyramid until you hit O7, then it starts to flatten.

  • mitchellvii

    Let’s see, as the world becomes more and more dangerous and Russia and China do the biggest joint military exercise since the Cold War, we are cutting our military to the bone?

    Has Obama made a deal with Russia/China to allow us to be taken over and they will leave him in charge?

  • Rumionemore

    Cutting the top brass means they start collecting their fat annual pensions a little sooner than scheduled. Don’t think for a minute The Pentagon cheeses aren’t looking out for their own, first and foremost. Cases in point are McChrystal and John Allen who obviously humiliated themselves but somehow managed to be “cleared” of all wrongdoing by the old boys at The Pentagon. This enabled them to collect their pensions, compliments of taxpayers. Presto – magic wand!
    Allen is now working on “special assignments” for Hagel, which to my taxpayer mentality is called double-dipping. Maybe a sitting war commander who had time to send thousands of emails to a girlfriend advises Hagel on some “technical issues.” Hey, that’s important stuff. Give the dude a raise.

  • danshanteal

    Sort of silly waiting six years. What’s wrong with next Monday?

  • Sammy

    I think the plan is to follow in Edrogan’s footsteps and for the same reasons.

    Why can’t they do this for the federal bureaucracy?

  • richard40

    If the hierarchy was cut fairly, without political favoritism, I would be for it. But I have never seen Obama do anything that did not involve political favoritism. My fear is Obama will use this chance to purge the Military of any Generals with the independence and integrity to stop his drive to politicize and corrupt the military just as he has done to every other part of the fed gov.

  • cranky-kage

    I hope this can be applied to the too big to fail banks, the too big to fail corporations, and the too big US govt…………..

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