US Army on a diet

America’s New Combat Brigades March On

Strategy Page notes that the big transformation of the US Army into a brigade-centric force is already undergoing transformation. The original plan had called for 35 of the 77 total brigades (active, reserve, and guard) to be “heavy”.

Latest plans call for only 31 heavies, nearly half of them in the National Guard. Go read.


  1. Sigh – yet another stupid plan. Put half of the heavy’s in the National Guard. Older equipment without upgrades. The remaining active heavy’s get new electronics so they meet ‘spec’ with the transformed army. So- let’s say we need to mobilize the guard (Now we know that would never happen) – What do they do with a buch of reserve M1’s that can’t talk to the regular army?