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CHANGE Obama Unveils ‘Leaner’ Military Plan Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

Obama Unveils ‘Leaner’ Military Plan

After killing Osama bin Laden, withdrawing from Iraq, and heading for the end in Afghanistan, the U.S. Military is ready for change. Thursday, the president announced a new military budget that will shrink its troops by 10 to 15 percent and include $450 billion in other cuts. From the Pentagon briefing room, Obama said that while the U.S. military will be “leaner,” it will be more agile and still have its “military superiority.” It’s a break from the two wars inherited from the Bush administration, and the first time Obama will shift the nation’s military policy. The president said it’s time to eliminate “outdated cold war-era systems,” while boosting cyberwarfare.

January 5, 2012 11:40 PM