Defense chief Carter says military stays ready despite cuts

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the military will continue to be able to defend against multiple threats around the world despite troop reductions bringing the Army to its lowest manpower level since before World War II.
Carter met with soldiers at Fort Bragg on Friday, a day after it was announced the Army cut spots for about 840 at the post. The worldwide reduction of 40,000 soldiers in two years due to budget cuts mean bases in Georgia, Texas and Alaska will lose thousands of troops.
Further troop cuts of 30,000 are possible later this year if Congress enacts budget constraints known as sequestration.
Carter is scheduled to speak Saturday in Charlotte to the annual conference of the National Association of Counties.

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