Congress skeptical about plan to shrink military


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's push for a smaller, more nimble military must now face the scrutiny of a Congress that has spent years battling the Pentagon's vision for a new security strategy.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is proposing to shrink the Army to its smallest size in three-quarters of a century.

But the plan unveiled Monday is already raising red flags among leading Republicans and Democrats.

The Republican head of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, says the administration is trying to "solve our financial problems on the backs of our military."

His Senate counterpart, Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, says the administration's changes face a "huge challenge."

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