"Odierno told Congress earlier this week that sequestration might force the Army to cull another 100,000 troops from its ranks. Speaking at Brookings he went further, estimating that beginning with the 80,000 already scheduled, “in the end, it’ll be over 200,000 soldiers that we will have to take out of the active duty component National Guard and Army Reserve” if sequestration is implemented for the long term. “We’ll take almost a 40 percent reduction in our brigade combat teams once we’re finished,” he cautioned" Defense News
The USMC will of necessity take a similar cut. It will take a while for reality to set in among the service staffs and the JCS but in the end procurement of equipment and sponsored R&D will slow to almost nothing and a lot of force structure will be shifted into the reserve components. They are inherently less expensive.
The BHO Administration can talk all it wants to about a "pivot to the Pacific" but there will be neither forces for aland war there, nor the money with which to fight such a war on the Pacific rim.
Basically, this will mean the end of an era of hegemonism in US political thinking.
IMO the US Navy and USAF will be the "favored children" in this new world. pl