- December 22, 2015
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The two-year bipartisan budget agreement reached last October seemingly settled the question of how much spending defense programs would be allocated in fiscal 2017, but instead a fight over the use of DOD’s war fund to evade the statutory spending caps has emerged for the second straight year. Last week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter previewed the Pentagon’s FY 2017 budget request — $583 billion in topline spending, including $59 billion for the department’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account — which matches spending levels in the budget deal. GOP defense hawks, however, blasted the topline for treated the funding level for the OCO account in the budget deal as a ceiling rather than a floor …READ MORE
Congressional appropriations are needed to fund projects aimed at enhancing an installation’s energy security that cannot be justified on the basis of energy efficiency savings, Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability, said during a briefing last week for Senate staff. “There is no budgetary mechanism that allows us to actually go out and do a cost-benefit analysis and buy that energy security,” Kidd said, reported the Army News Service. “Energy security does not fit into traditional cost-benefit analysis as applied to efficiency projects. We are including energy security as part of … other projects …READ MORE
Republicans are questioning the Pentagon’s credibility after learning that DOD’s fiscal 2017 budget request includes renewed funding for three weapons the department last year said were not in its long-term plans.
The administration’s FY 2016 budget called for the retirement of the Air Force’s fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft and for the Navy to stop buying Tomahawk cruise missiles and F-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft. After previewing the FY 2017 budget request last week, however, Defense Secretary Ash Carter touted the three weapons programs as critical for the battle against the Islamic State and to deter growing threats from China and Russia …
About 1,000 additional airmen will be reporting to Sheppard Air Force Base for training this year as the service grows by about 2,000 service members to fill the need for high-demand specialties in aircraft maintenance, cyber, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Sheppard, located in North Texas, will experience a small increase in students across a range of subjects the installation teaches, including armaments, avionics, propulsion and explosive ordnance disposal, reports the Times Record News. Officials anticipate the base’s existing facilities will be able to accommodate the uptick. They plan on bringing on more instructors to handle the higher teaching load …
Purdue University and the University of Southern Indiana (USI) are partnering with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division to help bring technologies developed at the facility to market and spur the growth of startup businesses in the region. “Part of this initiative involves Purdue taking over 130 Crane innovations and running them through their MBA students,” said Daniela Vidal, director of USI’s Center for Applied Research. “It’s a way to get Crane in a more usable format and out into the world.” The two schools have collaborated with Crane for years, with Purdue supplying its expertise in entrepreneurship to the partnership …READ MORE
The Army’s budget for sustaining facilities and new construction does not fare well in the fiscal 2017 budget request scheduled to be released Tuesday, reports Defense News. Facilities and military construction “got clobbered,” a defense official said. The preview of the Army’s budget is hardly surprising, however, as all of the services have coped with statutory budget caps first imposed in FY 2013 by trimming their requests for facility sustainment in an attempt to shore up funding for readiness. Last year’s proposal, for example, requested only 80 percent of the funding DOD’s internal model called for to adequately maintain its facilities …READ MORE
The Army’s top civilian and military leaders have agreed to the Air Force’s plan to shutter Fort Bragg’s 440th Airlift Wing, seemingly ending a saga that began two years ago when the Air Force first proposed eliminating the Reserve unit based at the installation’s Pope Field as a cost-cutting measure. The decision was announced in a letter sent Thursday to Congress and signed by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, acting Army Secretary Patrick Murphy, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, reported the Fayetteville Observer. Congress has 90 days to review the decision before the Air Force can shutter the 440th, which is scheduled to be inactivated by the end of September …READ MORE
The Army has approved the construction and operation of a 50-megawatt, biofuel-capable, power generation plant by the local utility at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The project calls for the Army to lease 8.1 acres of land and grant a 2.5-acre interconnection easement to Hawaiian Electric Co. to construct, own, operate and maintain the plant, according to a Federal Register notice published Friday announcing the record of decision. The Schofield Generating Station would be a secure, inland source of renewable power that would benefit Oahu residents by supplying power to the island-wide grid during normal operations …READ MORE