Bloodied from more than a decade of constant fighting, the U.S. military is taking fire from another enemy: the sequester. These mandatory budget cuts are slashing billions of dollars from the military’s budget, reducing America’s military readiness around the world and hampering its ability to be a global superpower. Of the $109 billion that needs to be cut each year of the sequester, $54.5 billion are defense cuts.
The latest casualty of the sequester is the Army. Last Tuesday, the Army announced it would cut the number of combat brigades from 45 to 33 by 2017 to meet budget cutting goals. Army officials said one brigade would be cut from 10 bases across the U.S, along with two brigades in Germany that were already scheduled to be completely disbanded.