armyrangersbadgeWashington (AFP) Feb 24, 2014 – The Pentagon plans to scale back the US Army by more than an eighth to its lowest level since before World War II, signaling a shift after more than a decade of ground wars. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recommended shrinking US forces from 520,000 active duty troops to between 440,000 and 450,000. In a speech outlining the proposed defense budget Monday, he said that after Iraq and Afgh … more