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Obama plans to cut tens of thousands of ground troops

President Barack Obama greets attendees before the Carrier Classic NCAA college basketball game between Michigan State and North Carolina aboard the USS Carl Vinson on Nov. 11, 2011, in Coronado, Calif.

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By Published: January 5, 2012

The Obama administration is expected to reveal Thursday what officials are calling a "more realistic" vision for the future of the military, according to a Reuters report; an overview that includes plans to cut tens of thousands of ground troops and invest more in air and sea power.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to outline defense budgeting priorities, followed by an explanation by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey of the strategy guiding more than $450 billion in budget cuts over the next decade.

The plan too is said to shift U.S. military focus away from Europe, Africa and South America, and place more military emphasis on Asia, the report says.

While Thursday's announcement isn't expected to contain specific budget cut and troop reduction figures, officials told Reuters it calls for a 10 percent to 15 percent decline in Army and Marine Corps numbers over the next decade.

The strategic overview is expected to emphasize that the military's budget will continue to grow, but at a slower pace than in the past, Reuters writes in its report on the plan to cut troops.

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