Troop Cuts Are a Poor National Security Choice by the Administration

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement after the Army announced troop cuts, including 842 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina:

"The administration's decision to cut troops is the latest in a string of poor national security choices. General Dempsey just characterized the global security environment as the most unpredictable he has seen in 40 years of service,” said Burr. “FBI Director Comey yesterday reiterated that the Islamic State is continuing to make enormous gains in recruiting terrorists and our intelligence community is largely blind as a result of new encryption technologies. In this uncertain time, the defense budget is not where future cuts should come from. The Army cutting ground forces is as concerning to me as the Air Force's backwards decision to disband the 440th Air Wing at Bragg.”

Fayetteville Observer has been reporting on the cuts noting that “[i]n all, the Army is announcing cuts affecting 40,000 soldiers by the end of 2017 from installations across the nation.”