The navy loses a carrier and a helicopter landing ship immediately (no words on the planned acquisition of the next 2 carriers) and four frigates. The army loses a brigade as well as artillery (35%) and tanks (40%). The air force loses Harrier immediately and will lose C-130 10 years earlier than planned as well as losing VC-10 and three Tristar variants from 2013 and Sentinel after Afghanistan (whenever that may be).

Big cuts!

However, support for Afghanistan is unequivical and repeated. They’re going to stick that out and try to support the in country structure as much as possible.

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