- December 22, 2015
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With the military facing growing threats around the globe, the Army’s plan to shrink its end strength is ill-advised, two GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee said Wednesday. “It is clear from all of the testimony we’ve received and the information that we’ve received from the Army that this [drawdown] could break the Army, [and] that it would significantly hamper the next president of the United States in their opportunities and capabilities for the military to protect the country,” said Mike Turner (R-Ohio), chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee. Turner and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) pledged to block the Army from trimming its active-duty end strength to 450,000 soldiers …READ MORE
Last year’s bipartisan budget deal provided the Pentagon much-needed budget relief, supplying an extra $56 billion in spending for fiscal 2016 and 2017 along with a measure of certainty, at least in the short-term. “The present budget allows us to execute our national military and defense strategies,” Bob Work, deputy defense secretary, told reporters Tuesday at the outset of a briefing on the department’s newly released FY 2017 budget request. Still, given the funding limits imposed on defense spending, officials crafting the proposal needed to balance force structure, modernization and readiness, while placing a priority on strengthening conventional deterrents against the most advanced adversaries …READ MORE
Applications for ADC’s new initiative recognizing communities for providing outstanding support to service members and military families are due Friday, Feb. 12. The Great American Defense Communities program is intended to acknowledge the unique contributions cities, counties and regions that host installations make to improve quality of life for service members, veterans and their families. Candidates will be selected based on the broad range of efforts they carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families, covering areas such as education, job opportunities, housing, family support during deployments and community appreciation. The program will use local and national press events, exhibits in Congress and the Pentagon, and recognition during ADC events to highlight the successful initiatives being employed by defense communities to support the nation’s military men and women. A panel of defense community advocates and experts will review the nominations and select up to 10 honorees as Great American Defense Communities. Winners will be announced at the ADC Installation Innovation Forum in Charleston, S.C., at the end of the month. Apply by Friday on the ADC website.READ MORE
The Marine Corps would end the drawdown of its end strength from a wartime high of 202,000 active-duty troops in 2009 to 182,000 Marines by October, under the fiscal 2017 budget request DOD released Tuesday. The Marine Corps would not shrink further after the end of the current fiscal year through FY 2021, according to the blueprint. Its active-duty end strength is about 184,000 currently, reported Marine Corps Times. The Marine Corps’ target end strength would leave about a fifth of the service deployed at any given time. The branch’s $23.4 billion request includes $6.2 billion for operations and maintenance, and prioritizes training for forward-deployed and soon-to-deploy units, said Rear Adm. William Lescher, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget …READ MORE
The Veterans Affairs Department’s $78.7 billion budget request for fiscal 2017 would boost discretionary spending by 4.9 percent above the 2016 enacted level, while advancing efforts to end veteran homelessness and expanding access to health care and benefits. The request, released Tuesday, includes $1.6 billion for programs to prevent or reduce veteran homelessness, including $300 million for supportive services for veteran families to promote housing stability; $496 million for the HUD-VASH program, in which VA provides case management services for at-risk veterans and their families and the Housing and Urban Development Department provides permanent housing through its Housing Choice Voucher program; and $247 million in grant and per diem payments that support temporary housing provided by community-based organizations …READ MORE
Facility sustainment accounts would fall short of requirements in all four military branches, forcing the services to accept continued risk in maintaining their installations, under the fiscal 2017 budget request released Tuesday by the Defense Department. The Army’s facilities budget, for example, would drop $294 million from the current year, marking the latest in a series of cuts over the past several years. In FY 2014 the Army’s total facilities budget was $2.6 billion; by FY 2016, it had fallen to $1.6 billion, reported Defense News. “Unfortunately, we could only afford to fund about 67 percent of our facilities sustainment requirements,” Maj. Gen. Thomas Horlander, the Army’s budget director, told reporters during the service’s budget briefing …READ MORE
Topline defense spending would rise $2.4 billion under the Defense Department’s fiscal 2017 budget request to $583 billion, providing a slight increase for operations and maintenance but a moderate cut for military construction. The request includes $524 billion in DOD’s base budget and $59 billion in the department’s overseas contingency operations account, matching the spending levels called for in the bipartisan budget deal reached last October. “I think we have done nothing more, nothing less than comply with the budget deal,” DOD Comptroller Mike McCord told reporters …READ MORE