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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

Crystal City Developer Pins Reuse Plans on Tech Workers

  • February 27, 2014
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The largest owner of real estate in the Northern Virginia community affected by the Pentagon’s decision to abandon leased space during the last BRAC round is looking to metropolitan Washington tech workers to fill its empty buildings in Crystal City. One initiative Vornado Realty Trust plans is to invest in the $50 million Crystal Tech Fund, which shortly will open a facility in Crystal City for investing in early-stage tech companies …

DOD to Create Innovation Centers in Michigan, Illinois

  • February 26, 2014
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The Pentagon will establish two manufacturing innovation institutes that would bring together companies, universities, federal agencies and other institutions to strengthen the nation’s advanced manufacturing capabilities, promote the development of cutting-edge products and foster economic growth, President Obama announced Tuesday, alongside governors from Michigan and Illinois. Under the plan, a group of businesses and universities in the Detroit area will focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing, and a Chicago-headquartered consortium of businesses and universities will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies …

BRAC Round Would Allow DOD to Downsize Civilian Workforce, Official Says

  • February 26, 2014
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The Defense Department has trimmed its civilian and contractor workforce as part an initiative to streamline its headquarters, but a significant reduction in the number of its civilian workers will require a new round of base closures, Acting Deputy Secretary Christine Fox said Tuesday. This year officials cut operating costs by 20 percent at headquarters offices across all services, agencies and combatant commands, saving about $5 billion. Much of the civilian workforce is employed outside Washington at installations, depots and shipyards, though, Fox said …

DOD’s Latest Spending Plan Could Spur Efforts for Further Sequestration Relief

  • February 26, 2014
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Defense hawks’ aversion to the cuts in force structure and military benefits outlined this week by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel could prompt renewed discussions in Congress to reverse deep spending cuts scheduled to take effect between fiscal 2016 and 2021. “The first thing we’ve got to do is drive a stake in the heart of [Hagel's] ill-conceived and ill-designed proposal, and that means freeing up money” for defense spending, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said of the five-year spending plan unveiled Monday. “That means we need to get BCA [2011 Budget Control Act] relief or rearrange the pie …

Ayotte Presses Nominee on DOD’s Intentions to Address Excess Capacity outside of BRAC

  • February 26, 2014
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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) focused on the Defense Department’s plans for reducing its infrastructure in the event Congress rejects its latest request for additional base closures, during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing for Robert Work for deputy defense secretary. During the Armed Services Committee hearing, Ayotte asked the nominee to clarify remarks Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered Monday during a preview of the department’s five-year spending plan. After noting that lawmakers rejected DOD’s BRAC requests in each of the last two years, Hagel said that “if Congress continues to block these requests even as they slash the overall budget, we will have to consider every tool at our disposal to reduce infrastructure …

State Commission Would Address Drop in Defense Spending, under Maryland Bill

  • February 26, 2014
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Maryland would establish a commission to consider ways to adapt to a reduction in spending by the Pentagon, under legislation introduced in both chambers of the General Assembly. The commission would conduct at least three public hearings and report recommendations to the governor and the legislature by June 1, 2015, reported the Gazette. Multiple organizations supported the bill — filed by state Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. (D) and co-sponsored by 15 other senators — during a hearing held by the Senate Finance Committee last week. “As the wars abroad wind down and defense downsizing begins in earnest, we want to ensure that Maryland workers and communities are protected,” Jean Athey — steering committee chair for a coalition of political, religious, labor and other groups called Fund Our Communities — told lawmakers. “To do that, the state of Maryland needs to begin planning now,” Athey said.

Texas Community Seeks Consultant to Prepare JLUS for Camp Swift

  • February 25, 2014
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The city of Bastrop, Texas, is requesting proposals from qualified firms to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Camp Swift and the surrounding communities. Proposals will be received until 3 p.m. on March 21 at City Hall, 1311 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, Texas 78602. The RFP is available on the city’s website under “Public Notices.” Email requests to mmccollum@cityofbastrop.org.

Operation Enduring Opportunity Seeks Veterans for Franchising

  • February 25, 2014
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The International Franchise Association has set a goal of recruiting and training 80,000 veterans to become franchise owners in a campaign it is calling Operation Enduring Opportunity. One in seven franchises in the United States is owned by a veteran, according to VetFran, a program founded by the association. Veterans make good franchise owners because of their leadership abilities and their experience running standardized systems inherent to franchise operations …

McCain Places Hold on Deputy Secretary Nominee

  • February 25, 2014
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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has placed a hold on Robert Work, President Obama’s nominee for deputy defense secretary, after he characterized the Navy’s littoral combat ship program as being “on solid ground” during his confirmation hearing Tuesday. “I think this is very normal with Navy ship building,” Work said of a program that would be cut from 52 ships to 32 under the five-year budget proposal Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled the previous day …

Governors Fight Proposed Cuts to Army National Guard

  • February 25, 2014
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Despite recommending a smaller proportional cut on personnel in the Amy National Guard than on the active Army in its five-year budget, the Obama administration is taking flak from the nation’s governors for targeting soldiers and aircraft in the Guard. There’s “unanimity” against cuts among state executives gathered in Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association’s winter meeting, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) told reporters Monday …

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