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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel makes remarks to the press on looming budget cuts at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, February 24, 2014.REUTERS/Mike Theiler

Budget cuts to slash U.S. Army to smallest since before World War II

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WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said on Monday it would shrink the U.S.Army to pre-World War Two levels, eliminate the popular A-10 aircraft and reduce military benefits in order to meet 2015 spending caps, setting up an election-year fight with the Congress over national defense priorities.

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