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Gen. Ordierno told the audience at the liberal-leaning think tank that the impact of hundreds of billions of dollars of cuts to military spending, enacted in 2010 under then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates, is beginning to show in quantifiable terms.

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Instead, the Army is regularly using three brigades in eastern Europe to combat Russian rebels in Ukraine and another three brigades in Afghanistan, a brigade in Iraq, one in Kuwait and another brigade will rotate to South Korea, Gen. Ordierno said. 

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