Our military build-up in the face of terrorism and our various conflicts has been fairly steady over the last ten years. All signs point to us drawing down, at least somewhat. There are smart ways to accomplish this and then there are fast ways:
Some level of drawdown at the conclusion of major combat isn’t unreasonable. And given time (and a reduction in mission signal) the services would be capable of drawing down even the larger number of troops mentioned without extreme disruptions in the readiness of remaining troop units.
But if sequestration forces the Army and Marines to lop off that many troops in a very short period of time, readiness across the force will take a major hit.
I’ve never heard the term sequestration before. Good blogpost, go read it.