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Gen. Ray Odierno: Troop Reduction Could Impact Tiered Readiness Strategy

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said 490,000 soldiers may not be enough to sustain the government’s tiered readiness strategy following the U.S. war in Afghanistan, Breaking Defense reported Monday. Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes Odierno noted that the risk of instability in certain regions of the world has increased since he first …

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Ray Odierno: Downsizing the Army Will Harm its Capabilities

  Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, has said more than 450,000 active-duty members are required for the Army to perform its duty in global conflicts, DoD Buzz reported Wednesday. Brendan McGarry writes Odierno told a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., that the Army also needs …

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Odierno to Army War College: ‘Help Us Define’ Army of Future

Students from the Army War College will be the ones who will develop solutions to future national security challenges, the Army’s chief of staff said Friday. Gen. Raymond Odierno told the college’s senior class this is their year to begin using their experiences to think about the Army’s future challenges …

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Odierno Sworn In As Army Chief of Staff

Gen. Raymond Odierno, the last commander of disestablished Joint Forces Command, was sworn in Wednesday as Army’s new chief of staff. Odierno replaces Gen. Martin Dempsey, who will become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when Adm. Mike Mullen retires Sept. 30. As chief of staff, Odierno is responsible …

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DoD Announces Reassignment of ‘Critical’ JFCOM Functions

As part of efforts to shutter the U.S. Joint Forces Command, the Defense Department announced it is reassigning several “critical’ JFCOM organizations and functions to other branches and commands, according to a DoD press release. Those JFCOM functions and organizations deemed critical have been reassigned to other combatant commands, services …

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Odierno Preps for JFCOM Closing, Transition

Following President Barack Obama’s stamp of approval on plans to close the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., Defense Department leaders are preparing for the transition. “We hope that the implementation plan will be finished within the next 30 to 45 days and approved so we can begin execution,” said …

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Mullen: Odierno ‘Right Leader’ for JFCOM

In a ceremony marking Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno’s assumption of command of the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the new leader who will lead JFCOM into its uncertain future. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, …

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