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Hagel to Brief Reporters Today on Results of Strategic Review

Jul. 31, 2013 - 03:45AM   |  
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US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks to service members and civilian employees during his first day at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, February 27, 2013. Hagel was sworn in Wednesday after a divisive Senate debate over his nomination that signals a rocky road ahead as he tackles deep budget cuts and frayed ties with Congress. Hagel, 66, took his oath of office at about 8:30 am (1330 GMT) at the Pentagon as his wife looked on, becoming the first combat veteran from the Vietnam conflict to take up the post. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON / JIM WATSON/AFP


WASHINGTON — The US Defense Department will release details of a months-long military review on Wednesday afternoon that will shine light on how the Pentagon would operate under a range of budget cuts.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are scheduled to brief reporters, according to a defense official.

The Strategic Choices and Management Review (SCMR), began in March and has looked how defense spending cuts on three levels ó $100 billion, $300 billion and $500 billion ó would affect US military strategy over a decade-long period.

DoD announced an overhauled military strategy in January 2012, but since that time, sequestration has been put in place, and Congress and the Obama administration have not been able to agree on a comprehensive plan to cut the US deficit.

The Pentagon was hit with a $37 billion budget cut in fiscal 2013, and faces a $52 billion cut to its 2014 budget proposal. The cuts have led to the curtailment of military training and the furloughing of hundreds of thousands of civilian employees.

The SCMR has looked at ways to modify DoDís military strategy, which places an increased emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Winnefeld are scheduled to discuss the SCMR at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday. Lawmakers for months have pushed for more insight into the Pentagonís SCMR effort.

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