What Defense Cuts Will Mean to the U.S.

A leaner military is in the cards, but the force will remain dominant.

Even if automatic budget cuts are delayed or avoided, the U.S. military will be leaner in 10 years than it is now, part of an intentional shrinking of the Defense Department as Washington tries to downsize the federal deficit.

How much leaner? At least $500 billion by 2022. If the automatic cuts spelled out in last year’s budget deal kick in on January 2, 2013, another $500 billion in cuts will come from the Pentagon.

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Richard Sammon
Senior Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter