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The secretary of the army John McHugh wants to reassure our our troops and their families.
That the burden -- budget cuts will not rest on their shoulders.
That is his reassurance but it's still -- very difficult time with more than 8000 civilian jobs in the military slash.
Just this week and there are more cuts -- it.
Well secretary McHugh spoke candidly on these issues and much more that are facing the US army in my Fox News exclusive.
There's this critical time for the army.
Especially facing defense cuts that you are some programs that were considered sacrosanct.
Are now going to be caught and I want to know what you biggest concerns are.
Well that we cut too far.
That we cut the wrong want.
You're absolutely right we're good need to put everything on the table and we are.
But the directive that I've given is that we carefully analyze.
The effects particularly to.
Army -- As we go forward I think if if we can do our job in a way that that sustains those initiatives over the last ten years.
That it had helped keep those army fairways together will come out on the other side of this and in good shape.
But there are some programs that could impact our national security if -- dissolved or diminished.
Can you be specific with me about which ones.
The question for us is how far do we come down.
And equally important are we resource to cross the spectrum of needs so -- we remain a balance force that we don't as they say how awhile what has happened.
In so many post conflict periods of the past so.
Will be a small army will be supremely resource.
We we won't have the full range of capabilities to do everything it wants her sometimes two things -- war.
You've got rising suicide rates tremendous unemployment with veterans.
Families in need how do you take care they need to the military now an incentive -- recruits to sign up down the road.
I think one of the biggest things in -- things we can do is provide for those those soldiers of today to make sure -- families are taking care of that.
Sends an invaluable message to many young men and women of today who are thinking about joining up.
They wanna come for the right reasons they wanna come for a cause and and I think the united states army since its inception 1775.
-- stood for those right things duty.
Honor country but they -- know that they're going to be taking care of and their families are as well and working hard to try to make sure even in this budget constrained environment.
That we provide a package of support and benefits that make life in the military -- -- Civilians will also lose their jobs.
Some fats have emailed me saying that they think those jobs should be replace with tax.
At some point if that money came back on stream could they be first in line.
Well we are always issues -- are good people and you really can't hire in my opinion anybody better than an army veteran.
What we're trying to do right now is to right size -- -- between the civilian in the uniform sectors to make sure that we have.
Sufficient people on board to support the the server side of the equation.
And that means we're gonna have to come down and and get a bit smaller in support of their budget.
I think we can do that in an efficient way an effective way they were working real hard the minute minimize any layoffs are risks as we call -- reduction in forces.
Using our recruiting and retention.
Abilities but these are going to be tough times.
Talking about billions of dollars that will be cut from the budget that you have to work with to get our men and women ready.
Isn't readiness going to change as well with in terms of technology.
And the ability maybe to fight a war remotely rather than boots on the ground do we know what we need.
Most Secretary Gates always said we have a perfect record in predicting the future we've been wrong every time.
I happen to believe the -- -- a little bit prejudiced here.
Then if you look at both passed in recent history.
Boots on the ground are always important you can find him.
Battle from the distance that it -- today if you're gonna.
Control and if you're gonna bring peace and stability to any region you're gonna need people on the ground doing the hard work of fighting for freedom.
Are we keeping pace with where we need to be in terms of new innovation and the protection and integrity of intelligence.
How do we keep up and know that what we're developing today will not be obsolete tomorrow.
That's been the problem anybody who goes out and buys a cellphone and -- a next generation a couple of months later has been frustrated by that rapid pace of development and and what we're trying to do is develop our networking systems develop our computer systems in a way that.
They're constructed so that we can plug in play in bringing new technology as it evolves as you mentioned one of the critical challenges of that is -- is -- security.
And and cyber security I think is one of the things that -- most vulnerable to and one of the things were working most hard time to try to ensure that.
Situations such as WikiLeaks in the future is far less likely to happen and then of course -- security lapses there were something that we needed to deal with it and we happened.
There -- lessons learned.
Are an army strong sir great community should.
And our thanks to secretary McHugh and his staff for the invitation for that sit down by the way any cuts made by the secretary who really is in charge of the budget.
Those come only after one on one meeting city has -- those serving and their families and for now he assures us no family readiness centers are on the budget.
Cut chopping block and that is good news for them Eric.
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