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Pentagon budget 2015: Army plans to drop three aviation brigades

05 March 2014

Key Points

  • Active duty CABs would reduce to 10 while the Reserve components retain 12
  • A restructuring seeks to focus Reserve brigades on assault, lift, and medevac missions, and active brigades on attack and scout functions

The US Army plans to reduce its active duty combat aviation brigades (CABs) from 13 to 10 over the next five years as part of the service's overall force reduction efforts, officials revealed during the Pentagon's fiscal year 2015 (FY 2015) budget roll out.

The US Army was planning to upgrade its Kiowa fleet to the OH-58F-model configuration and the Kiowas in service until 2025, but a possible the force structure proposal would instead retire those aircraft and cancel a Kiowa upgrade programme. (US Army)The US Army was planning to upgrade its Kiowa fleet to the OH-58F-model configuration and the Kiowas in service until 2025, but a possible the force structure proposal would instead retire those aircraft and cancel a Kiowa upgrade programme. (US Army)

"In the end state, which is 2019, the restructure will reduce the number of aviation brigades by three in the active component, while restructuring aviation brigades to optimise their efficiency, utility at home and abroad," Davis Welch, deputy director for army budgeting, told reporters on 4 March.



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