Obama Unveils ‘Leaner’ Military Plan

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President Barack Obama, center, shakes hand with Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., left, and Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta, right, at a news briefing on the defense strategic guidance at the Pentagon, Thursday, Jan., 5, 2012. Looking on are Sec. of the Army John McHugh, far left, and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, far right.

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 The president said it’s time to eliminate “outdated cold war-era systems,” while boosting cyberwarfare.