With the Iraq war ending and troops preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today told law makers that the country was gearing up for a smaller and leaner force which would be technologically advanced. “We knew that coming out of the wars, the military would be smaller. But to ensure an agile force, we made a conscious choice not to maintain more force structure than we could afford to properly train and equip,” Panetta said at a Congressional hearing. “We are implementing force structure reductions consistent with the new strategic guidance for a total savings of about $50 billion over…

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