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Spared from Hagel’s Cuts: Homeland Defense, Countering WMDs

By ACFEI Staff2, CHS-III      ( 0 ) Comments   |   Published On Monday, December 9th, 2013

Spared from Hagel’s Cuts: Homeland Defense, Countering WMDs

Defense One reports:

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel just announced plans to trim his staff by about 200 positions over the next five years. But inside the secretary’s top policy shop, a closer look at the planned cuts show where Hagel’s priorities lie after more than a decade of war.

In the office of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Jim Miller, Hagel is making sure to protect several key areas, namely homeland defense, cyber threats and the pivot to the Asia-Pacific region. Miller, who spoke to a small group of reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday, said despite the budget crunch, key policy areas were protected, including outer space threats and countering weapons of mass destruction. The Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs units will actually be beefed up in the restructuring. “The reality is that the world has changed since 2009 when the current structure was put in place,” Miller said.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey stressed during a Pentagon briefing on Wednesday the importance of Homeland Defense in the coming years. “The homeland is actually achieving greater prominence in our discussions of future strategy than at any time in my 40 years, as it should,” he said.

Miller’s office has about 500 active-duty military and...

To read the full article, see: Defense One, http://www.defenseone.com/management/2013/12/spared-hagels-cuts-cyber-asia-pacific-homeland-policy-jobs/75038/?oref=d-river?oref=d-interstitial-continue

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