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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

IMCOM Campaign Plan Looks at Support Services, Infrastructure

  • November 18, 2014
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Army Installation Management Command’s newly released “IMCOM 2025 and Beyond” provides a roadmap for the agency’s future as it transforms the way it supports the readiness of a smaller, regionally aligned and globally responsive force. The plan provides strategic guidance to IMCOM regarding three functions: a professional installation management workforce, effective base operations support services and infrastructure sustainment and revitalization. “As IMCOM moves into the future it must enable the Army’s Force in 2025 and Beyond by providing the right base support at the right cost …

Army Officials Meet with Coastal Georgia Leaders about Plans for Drawdown

  • November 17, 2014
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Local and business leaders from Hinesville, Ga., and the surrounding region on Monday told Army officials from Washington about the critical role Fort Stewart plays in the local community as well as the long-standing support provided by the post’s neighbors. On Monday night, the Army was scheduled to hold its first listening session to gather public input before deciding how to realign active-duty forces as the service shrinks by up to 70,000 soldiers to an end strength of 420,000. The Army plans to hold public listening sessions at a total of 30 installations that potentially could lose thousands of military and civilian personnel …

Pentagon Will Request a New BRAC Round in FY’16 Budget, Hagel Indicates

  • November 17, 2014
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During multiple stops this weekend, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel underscored the need for a new BRAC round as one way for the Defense Department to mitigate the fiscal constraints imposed by the Budget Control Act spending caps. “Despite numerous efforts and almost 10 years since the last round, DOD has been unable to secure another round of base realignment and closure. Today, DOD has 24 percent excess capacity in our basing and facilities — excess capacity that is costing us billions of dollars every year, money that could otherwise be invested in maintaining our military’s edge. We need Congress to help end this excess spending …

Armed Services Panels Close in on Compromise Bill

  • November 17, 2014
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The leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are aiming shortly to finish hammering out an agreement on a fiscal 2015 compromise defense authorization bill after negotiations stalled Friday. The chairmen and ranking members of each chamber’s panel continued to meet Monday to settle high profile issues, with the Army’s plan to shift 192 Apache attack helicopters from the National Guard to the active Army representing one of the most contentious sticking point …

DOD May Ask for $60B over Spending Caps for FY’16, Report Says

  • November 17, 2014
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The Defense Department’s base budget request for fiscal 2016 may exceed the Budget Control Act spending cap for that year by up to $60 billion, Defense News reported Sunday. In recent months senior officials have been saying that the FY 2016 budget would exceed that year’s $535 billion cap on defense, but the exact magnitude of the disparity had not been clear. But despite the Republican Party controlling the House and Senate next year, the prospects for Congress to offer the Pentagon relief from the stringent spending caps remain low, according to analysts as well as current and former lawmakers …

Workforce Group Inks Partnership with Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • November 17, 2014
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The Susquehanna Workforce Network last month signed a memorandum of understanding with Aberdeen Proving Ground intended to support personnel entering the civilian job market as well as people seeking employment at the northeastern Maryland installation. Both parties have worked in partnership for years, but a formal agreement was needed to comply with Army regulations, reported the Cecil Whig. “It truly is a win-win, because as an office of one, Susquehanna Workforce Network brings a lot of resources,” said Marilyn Howard, the employment manager for the Army Community Service’s Family Support Center. “They benefit by getting increased communication of what is going on at the installation …

Midterm Elections Sharpen House Republicans’ Approach to FY’15 Appropriations

  • November 16, 2014
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Since lawmakers returned to Washington last week from the campaign trail, the question facing House Republican leaders regarding fiscal 2015 appropriations has shifted from what funding mechanism they favor to keep the government running beyond Dec. 11 to whether they will embrace a conservative-led effort to confront President Obama over immigration and possibly trigger a shutdown. So far House leaders have encouraged Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) to produce an omnibus spending bill funding all federal agencies through next September that could be passed during the current lame duck session. Rogers and his Senate counterpart, Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), continue to negotiate a compromise spending package with a goal of finishing by the second week of December …

Army to Schedule Listening Sessions for Second Round of Troop Cuts

  • November 16, 2014
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The Army’s plan to shrink its active-duty end strength to 420,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020 will not require it to conduct an environmental impact statement, officials announced last week after concluding the realignment will not result in significant environmental impacts. The Army’s decision to issue a final “Finding of No Significant Impact” had been expected and means officials can begin to hold local community listening sessions to receive public input that will be considered when making force structure decisions. Officials also will rely on the analysis of environmental and socioeconomic impacts performed for the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment released in June to identify specific units and organizations that will be reduced in the upcoming years …

House Republicans Retain Earmark Ban

  • November 16, 2014
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House Republicans on Friday rejected a proposal to relax the conference’s earmark ban by allowing funds to be directed for specific projects to states, localities, public utilities and other public entities. The rules change, proposed by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), was rejected overwhelmingly, reported the Hill. “We had a very vigorous discussion. There’s no change in our policy; the ban stills exists,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) …

Air Force Unveils Vehicle-to-Grid Fleet at Los Angeles AFB

  • November 16, 2014
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The Air Force on Friday rolled out a fleet of 42 plug-in electric vehicles that will be used at Los Angeles AFB to demonstrate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. The fleet — which includes both electric and hybrid vehicles ranging from sedans to trucks and a 12-passenger van — has the capability to direct power to and from the electrical grid when the vehicles are not being driven. Bidirectional charging stations at the base can charge a vehicle from the local utility grid as well as discharge a vehicle’s onboard battery to support its V2G capability …

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