Defense Secretary Hagel announces defense cuts - WHDH-TV 7News Boston

Defense Secretary Hagel announces defense cuts

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The army would lose up to 80 thousand soldiers though special operations forces would grow.

The F-35 would replace slower, more expensive A-10s.

Drones would replace the cold war U-2 spy plane.

Army training helicopters would be retired.

"We must now adapt, innovate, and make difficult decisions to ensure that our military remains ready and capable," Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said.

The military would have to use one percent raises to help pay for housing and other subsidies being cut.

"What we're trying to do is solve our financial problems on the backs of our military. And that can't be done," California Rep. Buck McKeon said.

Governors are concerned about the impact on their national guard.

"It could weaken our abilities as commanders of our National Guard" {WIPE} "Especially during times of disasters," Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said.

The Pentagon's plan received a stamp of approval from the white house. One governor described the president's tone as aggressive.

"Don't start coming in and now complaining that these cuts are effecting you, because you said you wanted it. Now you're going to get it," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said.

Military families are concerned shrinking the force could make it harder to recruit.

"It means they might not even want me as a pilot, which scares me because that's what I want to do," said Sen. Sean Anderson.

And the Pentagon warns if congress renews the sequester in 2016, expect even deeper cuts, like slicing another 20 thousand soldiers. Secretary Hagel admitted that would be risky.

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