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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 012-11
January 06, 2011

Statement by Secretary of the Army John McHugh on Efficiencies

            “As part of the Department of Defense (DoD) effort to achieve savings of $100 billion over the next five years, the Army has been a full partner in identifying cost savings of approximately $29 billion.  The Army proposes reinvesting these cost savings to accelerate fielding of capabilities needed by Army forces in the fight, preserving force structure as we reconstitute the force, building full-spectrum readiness and strategic flexibility, increasing soldier and family resiliency and modernizing the force for future conflicts.

            “Through comprehensive capability portfolio reviews the Army proposed savings by terminating or reducing weapons systems with declining relevance or unnecessary redundancy.  The Army also proposed additional savings by restructuring headquarters activities, leveraging investments in existing infrastructure and consolidating information technology.  These savings will help DoD achieve its goal over the next five years, but more importantly, it will enable the Army to reprioritize resources to fulfill urgent needs. 

            “In partnership with DoD, the Army will continue to ensure the taxpayer’s resources are put to the most efficient use in this time of fiscal constraint.”