Third Way Applauds Lieberman-Clinton-Tauscher-Udall Bill On Army End-Strength
Washington — Third Way President Jonathan Cowan issued the following statement in support of the United States Army Relief Act, introduced today by Third Way National Security Project Chairman Senator Joe Lieberman and Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bill Nelson and Jack Reed, along with Representatives Ellen Tauscher and Mark Udall:
“Third Way has warned that the United States Army is stretched dangerously thin. This nation is fighting on multiple fronts with an Army sized for peacetime. We are delighted that today a group in Congress is taking bold and historic action to address that problem.
“We call on Congress to immediately consider and pass this vital piece of national security legislation, and we urge the President to put aside his administration’s resistance to Army expansion and to support and sign the US Army Relief Act. America needs troop levels commensurate with the threats we face from abroad.”
The legislation comes on the heels of a report that Third Way issued in May entitled Boots on the Ground: Increasing the Size of the Army to Meet the Missions of the 21st Century. That report recommended an increase in Army end-strength by 100,000 troops, the amount called for in the legislation introduced today. The report made that recommendation after finding that current low troop levels have:
- Imperiled the Army’s ability to meet potential future threats;
- Endangered soldiers by reducing or eliminating proper rotation, rest and training cycles;
- Made recruitment of new soldiers and retention of existing soldiers difficult; and
- Drained communities of essential first responders through its historically high reliance on the Guard and Reserve.
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