By Kate Brannen – Staff writer
Posted : Friday Feb 24, 2012 9:26:03 EST
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Friday the Army could drop from today’s 45 brigades down to 32, depending on the results of an internal Army study.

With the unveiling of the new DoD strategic guidance in January, the Pentagon announced the Army would eliminate at least eight brigade combat teams and drop from 570,000 soldiers in the active duty force to 490,000. Army officials have said the number of brigade combat teams could fall even further with the conclusion of a force design/force mix study being done by Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

The major brigade change TRADOC is considering is adding a third maneuver battalion to the brigades.

Increasing the number of battalions within the brigades would add “significant flexibility,” Odierno said at the Association of the U.S. Army winter symposium.

The Army is also considering adding more engineer capability within the brigade.

Both of these moves could allow the Army to eliminate more brigades, down to 32 or 33 brigades, the four-star said.

TRADOC will make its recommendations in the coming months to Army Secretary John McHugh, who will make the final decision, according to Odierno. MORE HERE

How can the Military be expected to do the job assigned to them by the US Constitution is they are ill-equipped and undermanned?