Defense cuts on the horizon

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 02/24 2014 04:01PM

Updated 02/24 2014 04:05PM

The Secretary of Defense outlines massive budget cuts aimed at shrinking the U.S. military.  Steve Handelsman reports.

The Defense Department has announced planned changes that will reduce the size of each branch of the military.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the recommendations will reshape the military while continuing to protecting the country's security.

"We chose further reduction in troop strength and force structure in every military service - active and reserve - in order to sustain our readiness and technological superiority," Hagel said.

Hagel went on to say that the proposed cuts had one primary focus, keeping America safe.

"We made choices based on strategic priorities, clear facts, unbiased analysis, and fiscal realities... and with the bottom line focus on how best we can defend the United States," he stated.

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