Analysis / Reform

Reducing the Number of Active Duty General/Flag Officers

Assessing Defense Reform Series

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The Senate provision to cut 25 percent of all generals/admirals complements the provision for reductions in four-star billets but would take out many more positions (~170 GO/FOs v. 14 4-stars). The Senate’s proposal resonates with concerns about excessive overhead and with DOD’s planned 25 percent cut to management staffs, but cutting 170 billets looks excessive, given the large reductions already made.
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