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New JCS Chair Dempsey Says Job is to Focus on Transitions Within Military

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey’s job as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will primarily focus on transitions regarding both people and budgets, he said Wednesday according to AFPS.

Dempsey told attendees at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting that the decline of combat levels, troops leaving the military, and veterans’ issues regarding medical care and unemployment will become more challenging.

Reducing the military budget at the same time is part of his focus on transitions, Dempsey said, calling change “the task at hand.” Defense budget cuts have happened before and Dempsey outlined what the military’s job is in terms of budget reductions.

“It’s our responsibility to articulate the opportunities and the risks, to manage those risks, and to provide our nation’s leaders and our fellow citizens with as many options as possible,” Dempsey said.

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