The Defense Department might consolidate and reorganize its combatant commands throughout the globe as sequestration and other budget cuts in the federal government continue, Military Times reported Sunday.
Marcus Weisgerber, writes the Pentagon could close down down two combatant commands and eight service-supporting commands, as well as combine its Northern and Southern Commands into the “Americas Command,” or “Western Command.”
Additionally, Weisgerber reports the plan would dissolve the Africa Command and distribute its responsibilities across the European and Central Commands, with Afghanistan and Pakistan folded into Central Command.
Weisgerber also reports that about 5,000 civilian and Pentagon personnel will be discharged or reassigned if the COCOM realignment pushes through.
“Combining combatant commands is certainly not something that we want to do, but something that we have to consider because all cuts have to be on the table,” Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told the press on July 31, according to the report.
Military Times reports that the last major command that was dissolved was the U.S. Joint Forces Command in 2010.
The geographical COCOMs have increased forces by 7 percent, or about 1,000 personnel, between 2010 and 2012.