"Supporting the troops":
Hampered by an increasingly combative relationship with Congress, the Pentagon is expected to seek savings from its payroll rather than making deep cuts in major weapons programs in its next long-range plan.
... Officials said Rumsfeld is considering several options for cutting personnel costs, including:
-- Eliminating 40,000 Air Force jobs over the next six years, including active duty, civilian and reserves.
-- Cutting up to three National Guard brigades, each of which generally has about 3,500 troops.
-- Scaling back plans to increase active Army forces.
...President Bush's proposed budget sought $111 billion for personnel costs this year, more than one-fourth of the $420 billion he requested for the Pentagon, not including wars in Iraq and Afghanistan....
For eight years, Clinton and Gore have extended our military commitments while depleting our military power. Rarely has so much been demanded of our armed forces, and so little given to them in return. George W. Bush and I are going to change that, too.... help is on the way.
--Dick Cheney speech at the 2000 Republican convention