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Senate Blocks Attempt to Restrict Use of OCO Funds

  • June 10, 2015
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In the most significant policy battle the Senate expects to face as it debates the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, the chamber on Tuesday rejected a Democratic effort to stop lawmakers from authorizing the use of tens of billions of dollars in extra war funds to sidestep the statutory spending caps in a 46-51 vote. Following the vote, it’s not clear whether Senate Democrats will try to block the annual policy bill, S. 1376, from advancing in the chamber. Afterwards, Democrats vowed to stop the GOP from going ahead with its strategy to offer the Pentagon budget relief while ignoring domestic agencies by blocking progress on spending bills …

Texas Communities to Pursue Higher Level of Funding to Support Installations

  • June 10, 2015
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After securing $30 million in defense economic adjustment assistance in Texas’ budget for the fiscal 2016-2017 biennium to help support local installations, defense communities in the state are going to continue their campaign for $150 million to fend off a looming BRAC round. The lobbyist for Texas Mayors of Military Communities intends to meet with lawmakers from districts without bases to explain the significance of the state’s military presence, reports the El Paso Times. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had initially proposed allocating $30 million to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission in the new budget, but lawmakers almost ignored the request …

States Race to Offer Tax Relief to Retirees

  • June 10, 2015
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Fifteen states now exempt 100 percent of military pensions from taxation, after Connecticut’s legislature last week approved its new budget. Meanwhile, lawmakers in more than a dozen other states are considering expanding or creating a tax break for military pensions. Several factors have spurred the rush from states to lure military veterans, reports the Fiscal Times. The primary reason is the policy’s effect on economic development, with a strong potential for highly skilled veterans to bolster a state’s workforce and help the state attract employers that rely on workers with those skills. Military-friendly tax policies also can be another weapon in a state’s arsenal to support its installations by providing a pool of civilians who typically seek employment with DOD or defense contractors after separating from the military …

Wave Energy Test Delivers Power to Navy Base

  • June 10, 2015
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A test of the potential for wave energy to power onshore facilities has begun generating electricity at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site in Kaneohe Bay on Oahu. The Navy, Northwest Energy Innovations and the Energy Department are working with a prototype of the Azura wave energy converter device to produce electricity from the motion of the choppy ocean waters, reported ClickGreen. Last week’s success represents a major step for the emerging American marine and hydrokinetic energy industry, as the Azura is the first grid-connected wave energy device producing power in North America to be validated by a third party …

Democrats’ Shutdown Talk Intended to Force GOP’s Hand

  • June 9, 2015
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An increasing number of senior Democratic lawmakers have been warning that the federal government is headed toward another shutdown when the new fiscal year begins as a result of the brewing dispute over fiscal 2016 spending. “We’re now kind of paddling down this river serenely when we all know there is this huge waterfall ahead. And if our Republican colleagues want to keep quietly paddling toward a government shutdown, that’s their choice,” Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), ranking member on the House Budget Committee, said last week. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), ranking member on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, noted the similarities with the issues surrounding appropriations in FY 2014 when a partisan dispute resulted in a 16-day shutdown. “While not a mirror image of two years ago, the FY 2016 process is careening towards a similar fate …

Academic Standards Can Help Support the Military, Report Says

  • June 9, 2015
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Academic standards adopted by Florida for its public schools, along with associated assessment tests, could help the state retains its military installations in a future BRAC round, according to the latest report from a nonprofit promoting smart investments in America’s children. The study from Mission: Readiness, a nonpartisan organization of over 500 retired senior military leaders, points to the Army’s recent effort to evaluate the achievement at public schools in communities neighboring its installations. “Rigorous standards and assessments can help schools serve military families and improve at a faster pace. This is especially important in light of recent studies showing that public schools near some military installations are lower on some measures of performance, including high school graduation rates, than other schools in the state …

Davis-Monthan AFB, Community Narrow List of Partnership Ideas

  • June 9, 2015
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Officials at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Pima County and area institutions are considering moving ahead with six initiatives that emerged from a series of meetings aimed at identifying ways the installation and the community could partner to enhance the value of D-M or allow it to save money. The ideas for the most part represent new initiatives rather than the sharing of services that would allow the installation to trim its operating expenses: work with the University of Arizona and community colleges to identify and fill internship positions requiring key skills needed at D-M; team up with the University of Arizona and local heritage groups to help military personnel practice foreign language skills …

McHugh to Step Down as Army Secretary by November

  • June 9, 2015
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Army Secretary John McHugh, who has served in the post since the outset of the Obama administration, will step down by Nov. 1, the Defense Department announced Monday. “Secretary McHugh has been a tremendous public servant for decades, and he has helped lead the Army through a period of challenge and change,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a written statement. “There will be much time in the coming months to appropriately celebrate his many accomplishments, but for now I will just say that every soldier is better off because of his hard work and vision, and so is the country,” Carter said. McHugh expressed his desire several weeks ago to depart as secretary. He resigned from Congress in September 2009 to join the Obama administration. McHugh, a Republican, spent 16 years in Congress serving a sprawling congressional district that included Northern and Central New York and Fort Drum. He served on the House Armed Services Committee and became the ranking member, reported the Hill.

Ft. Wainwright to Host Nine Combat UAVs

  • June 9, 2015
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Nine Gray Eagle combat unmanned aerial vehicles, along with 128 personnel and their families, have been assigned to Fort Wainwright starting next month, Alaska’s congressional delegation announced last week. The aircraft will use existing hangars initially, but the Army plans to request funding for additional UAV facilities at the Fairbanks-area post in the fiscal 2017 budget, according to a joint press release from the lawmakers. “Alaska is the tip of the spear when it comes to the Pentagon’s strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific, but the Pentagon clearly sees it as a superior choice to also respond to increasing military activities in the Arctic region …

New Energy Roadmap for Army Embraces Resource Challenges

  • June 8, 2015
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The Army has adopted a new strategic roadmap that calls for integrating energy security and sustainability into all aspects of planning, procurement, construction, land use and training throughout the department, including host communities. “This strategy represents a turning point,” Undersecretary Brad Carson and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn said in a letter prefacing the new document to Army leaders. “The Army is evolving from a historic framework that viewed resource considerations as constraints on operational effectiveness to a perspective that considers the critical role of energy, water, and land resources as mission enablers. Such an integrated perspective requires balanced decisions to achieve the greatest military benefit while keeping faith with civilian communities …

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