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Defense Dept. proposes major military cuts

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Washington, D.C. (WKOW) -- U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is proposing cuts that include the closing of military bases, as part of a reshaping of U.S. military priorities.

Hagel is also calling for the shrinking of the active-duty Army from its current 522,000 soldiers to between 440,000 and 450,000, making it the smallest U.S. Army since just before the country entered World War II.

He outlined his vision during a Monday speech at the Pentagon, a week before President Barack Obama is expected to submit his 2015 budget plan to Congress.

Hagel said the military needs to adjust to the reality of smaller budgets, even as he asserted the U.S. faces a more volatile, more unpredictable world that requires a more nimble military force.

The plan is expected to face serious opposition in Congress, which could amend the plan.

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