Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Army Secretary Says Service Needs To Lighten Up.

Byline: John J. Lumpkin Journal Staff Writer

* Top civilian official, during a visit to Albuquerque, says troops need to be more mobile

Army Secretary Louis Caldera talked up plans for a lighter, faster and better-dressed Army in a visit to Albuquerque on Monday.

Caldera, a Clinton administration appointee whose future might hinge on the vote in today's election, said the Army is ready to fight two major regional wars at once, despite criticism to the contrary.

But it's still built to fight the enemies of the Cold War, and that has to change, he said.

"If we can't get to the fight faster, we're not relevant," he said.

Caldera, the Army's top civilian since July 1998, was in New Mexico to speak at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities convention in Albuquerque. …

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