Pentagon: Fewer Soldiers, More Drones Will Save Money

Defense would save $487 billion by cutting troops, planes, ships.

ByABC News
January 26, 2012, 12:49 PM

Jan. 26, 2012 — -- That buzz you hear above your head is the sound of the Pentagon cutting its budget.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta detailed today how the Obama administration plans to achieve $487 billion in cuts over the next decade, in part by reducing the number of ships, planes and troops, but continuing to fund elite special forces -- and support technologies like unmanned drones.

Panetta will request a Pentagon budget of $525 billion for fiscal year 2013, a $6 billion reduction from last year's budget and $33 billion less than what had been forecast a few years ago. The administration will also ask for another $88.4 billion to maintain the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan, a reduction from the $115 billion being spent this year.