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A senior fellow with the Brookings Institution is calling for Congress and the White House to stop cutting Army strength and funding levels. “The Army has an inadequate number of combat aviation assets when measured against war plans and recent patterns of usage, and also a dearth of short-range air defense assets in the active-duty force,” Michael O’Hanlon wrote in a paper published by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank. O’Hanlon advocates maintaining an active force of 470,000 soldiers, rather than the 450,000 target for the end of fiscal year 2018 at the end of September of that year, the Association of the U.S. Army reported on its Web site. He also calls for total Army strength, including reserve and National Guard components, to remain at just over 1 million.