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Pentagon's new budget plan unpopular with lawmakers

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The Defense Department's new budget would limit raises for enlisted soldiers at one percent. (Source: FOX) The Defense Department's new budget would limit raises for enlisted soldiers at one percent. (Source: FOX)
The A-10 aircraft fleet faces elimination in the Defense Department's new budget. (Source: FOX) The A-10 aircraft fleet faces elimination in the Defense Department's new budget. (Source: FOX)
The Defense Department is considering a round of base closures as part of its budget cuts. (Source: FOX) The Defense Department is considering a round of base closures as part of its budget cuts. (Source: FOX)

(FOX) – The country's military is about to get smaller, after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled the Pentagon's new budget plan to shrink the U.S. military to its lowers troop levels since before World War II..

But the proposed cuts have many lawmakers on Capitol Hill fired up.

Steep spending cuts to the nation's military would take the country off the war footing it has been on since Sept. 11, 2001. It's the Pentagon's latest plan to balance a tight budget with national security needs.

"These recommendations will adapt and reshape our defense enterprise so that we can continue protecting this nation's security in an era of unprecedented uncertainty and change," Hagel said.

Under the current plan laid out by Hagel on Monday, the number of active duty troops would be reduced by the nearly 100,000 in the coming years. Some critics believe there is a huge danger in trimming that amount of soldiers.

"Slashing the Army because we want to make sure we don't have the capability to do long term occupations?" Fox News National Security Analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) said. "That is like canceling your fire insurance to prevent a fire."

The Defense Department is also looking to get rid of the A-10 aircraft fleet and is considering a new round of base closures.

Many military families would also be affected. The plan would limit raised for enlisted soldiers at one percent, living adjustments would be reduced and support programs for troops will diminish.

"That is the troops, the Navy, the Air Force that has been protecting us since World War II," House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) said. "They kept the sea lanes open around the world. They're just taken for granted. And enough is enough."

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pledging to fight these cuts. Just this month, both chambers of Congress repealed a measure that would have slowed military pensions.

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