Hagel: "We Can't Do It All"

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It was Chuck Hagel's chance to sell the Senate on the Department of Defense's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015.

He did so before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The budget calls for big cuts and also calls for a round of BRAC hearings in 2017, something that's expected to catch the eye of those on Fort Drum.

"We are very concerned about that. I certainly strongly disagree with another BRAC round at this time," said Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D. - New Hampshire).

"We cannot continue to afford to carry infrastructure that we don't need. I wish we could do it all. I wish we could keep every platform we have everywhere. But we can't do it all," said Hagel.

"That process, they keep repeating it. It keeps getting defeated. I don't see it getting any legs," said north country Congressman Bill Owens (D. - 21st District).

The DoD has announced 3 of its 13 combat aviation brigades will be deactivated.

Whether Drum's 10th CAB will be affected is uncertain.

We already know the Army is downsizing to about 450,000, but the shrinking may not stop there.

"My submitted testimony details how sequestration would in fact compromise our national security. The result of sequestration level cuts would be a military that could not fulfill its defense strategy," said Hagel.

That's because the number of troops could drop down to 420,000 if sequestration kicks in, according to Hagel.

He'll be answering to the House Armed Services committee on Thursday.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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