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John McHugh: Army Should Put Force Readiness as Top Priority

U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh believes the service should put force readiness as its top priority amid current challenges in the budget and threat environments, Defense News reported Wednesday. Michelle Tan writes that McHugh indicated the Army is at a “ragged edge” and near its limits as it faces a potential downsizing while …

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John McHugh: Army to Move Forward with Force Reduction Plans

U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh has said the military service is moving forward with efforts to reduce its end strength to about 450,000 active-duty troops over the next two fiscal years, Army Times reported Monday. Jen Judson writes McHugh added the Army has proposed a fiscal 2017 budget to the …

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Army Secretary John McHugh to Leave Post in November

U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh will step down from his role by Nov. 1, 2015 after weeks of discussions with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. “Secretary McHugh has been a tremendous public servant for decades, and he has helped lead the Army through a period of challenge …

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John McHugh, Ray Odierno Point to Acquisition Reforms Amid Tight Budgets

U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno have highlighted the service’s continued efforts to reform its acquisition process and facilitate efficiency and oversight amid reduced budgets. “We take stewardship very seriously,” McHugh told the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing, according to a report published Wednesday on the Army website. …

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Ray Odierno, John McHugh Preview Army Service Contract Cuts

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and Secretary John McHugh have announced that the Army is in the process of cutting its spending on services contracts to drive efficiency, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jared Serbu writes that the contract spending cuts could continue over the next three years and would add to other reductions …

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John McHugh: Budget Cuts Could Hit All Army Acquisitions

Army Secretary John McHugh told reporters Monday in Washington that the branch’s acquisition programs will feel negative effects if mandatory federal spending cuts under sequestration continue, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. Stew Magnuson writes the cuts have affected485 acquisitions and McHugh said the Army has no priority list for programs …

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