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US to cut major command to cut cost

08-10-2010 08:16 BJT

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The US Defense Department plans to shed one of its 10 major military commands. The move is an effort to pare billions of dollars from the Pentagon's operating budget.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is recommending the dismantling of the Joint Forces Command to cut spending costs.

He expects it will take about a year to dismantle the Joint Forces Command, or JFCOM.

The Virginia-based command is one of ten Unified Combatant Commands of the US armed forces. The group has no responsibility in war plans and operations.

Its mission is to lead the transformation of the US military through experimentation and education.

To put it simply, it trains troops from different branches of the US military to fight together.

JFCOM has nearly 49-hundred employees and the organizations' annual salaries total more than 200 million US dollars. It was the largest single cut announced.

The command also holds about 1 million square meters of real estate in Virginia.

The cuts also include freezing the number of senior positions within the Pentagon. The measure also provides ways to save 10 percent of funding spent on contractors.

The Pentagon has a target of cutting $100 billion over five years.

Big cuts are essential considering the US economic recession and the likelihood Congress no longer will give the Pentagon sizable budget increases.

The current defense budget, not counting the cost of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, is $535 billion; the administration is asking for 549 billion for 2011.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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