A soldier from the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, carries his backpack following a homecoming ceremony at Fort Knox, Ky., on Feb. 27, 2014. (Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's austere vision of U.S. defense spending priorities, if approved by Congress, would slash the military to the size it was before the 9/11 attacks, rendering the United States far less capable of handling two wars at once.
Few are praising the plan, which appears to assume that increased European defense spending will cover NATO's growing security gap.
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