The Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff have given their staffs just two weeks — until Sept. 11 — to report back with “a comprehensive set of recommendations” as to where the service can make 25 percent cuts in funding and manning levels at all Army headquarters elements at the 2-star level and above.
The “2013 Army Focus Area Review Group” plan was spelled out in an August 14 Army document obtained by Defense News
In some of the strongest language yet about how seriously Army leadership is taking the cuts, the memo bluntly says that “Let there be no mistake, aggregate reductions WILL TAKE PLACE. The money is gone; our mission now is to determine how best to allocate these cuts while maintaining readiness. We expect Army leaders, military and civilian, to seize this opportunity
to re-shape our Army.
This effort will take PRIORITY OVER ALL other Headquarters, Department of the Army activities.”