Federal Councillor and Minister of Defence Ueli Maurer recently unveiled his plans for a slimmer and trimmer Swiss army of the future.
As reported by the Tages-Anzeiger daily newspaper, the army of 2020 will feature one-third fewer troops, less heavy artillery and fewer tanks than the army of today. Currently, the army has 120,000 active solders, 80,000 reserves and 20,000 recruits.
"In 10 to 12 years, we are going to have 80,000 active, and around 40,000 reserve troops," Maurer said in an interview with the Sonntags-Zeitung.
He backed up his downsizing plan by saying a tank war in Europe is "rather unlikely".
In addition--and to the shock of his political party, the Swiss People's Party (SVP)--Defence Minster Maurer also announced...