Gen. Raymond Odierno (File)
FORT HOOD (JUNE 22, 2012) ---Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno was at Fort Hood Friday as soldiers on post wrapped up a warfighter exercise aimed at training American troops for any future threats.
Odierno said the exercise that included units from 15 different states will help in combining training skills for the future, and focus on the new complexity of scenarios American troops may face.
"We don't think there's ever going to be a future fight where you just have a state on state fight it's going to be something that's very complex and could include some state activity combined with terrorist activity, insurgent activity, political and economic issues, and unrest within the population," Odierno said.
During a press conference Odierno also commented on the alarming trend of suicides in the military.
Recent Pentagon statistics show the suicide rate among veterans and soldiers is one per day this year.
Odierno said in July a team will visit all the major instillations to do research that will help create an environment to identify risk within the army.
"We need to make sure that we have programs in place that will help us in our attempt to reduce what I consider to be a very serious problem in the army and all of DOD," Odierno said.
Budget cuts were also addressed during the press conference.
Odierno said one thing the army has tried to steer clear of cutting are family programs, but there is fear that the defense budget could see more cuts if congress doesn't act before next year.
If Congress doesn't act mandatory cuts could automatically kick in during January that would mean an additional $500 Billion in cuts.
A lot of that could come from the defense budget and army leaders would have no say in what programs see the cuts.
Odierno said he's voiced his concern to congress about how this will have a negative impact on the readiness of the army.
"It is directed cuts, we have no say where the cuts come they are directed across every line item in our budget and in my mind that's a very inefficient way to do it and it could cause us some additional problems as well, so we're hoping congress will come to some solution," Odierno said.