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Senate Milcon Panel Features Six New Lawmakers

  • January 29, 2015
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The lineup of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee in the new Congress remains largely intact at the senior levels but includes a number of new Republican and Democratic lawmakers. The most significant change is that Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who had been the ranking member, is now the chairman. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) takes over the top Democratic slot for the retiring Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). New Republicans on the milcon panel include John Boozman (R-Ark.); Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.); and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). New Democrats include Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii); Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.); and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) …

To Protect Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton Leaders Focus on Big Picture

  • January 29, 2015
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base benefited significantly from the last round of base closures and Dayton, Ohio, leaders are aiming to ensure DOD budget constraints don’t cut into those gains. In the current environment, local officials are just as concerned with preserving the installation’s current missions as securing new ones. “This is about the long-term relationship we have with the Air Force, and not a mission-by-mission effort,” Jim Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition, told the Dayton Business Journal. “Of course we want some of those new missions but we’re going to stay focused on the big picture, protecting those major assets …

McCain, Service Chiefs Warn about Impact of Spending Caps

  • January 28, 2015
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The nation’s top military officers on Wednesday bemoaned the impact of the Budget Control Act spending caps on national security, warning lawmakers they will not be able to carry out the nation’s defense strategy if Congress fails to offer any relief from pending sequestration. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno told the Senate Armed Services Committee his force is as unready as at any other point in its 239-year history, with only 33 percent of the service’s brigades “ready to the extent we would expect them to be if asked to fight.” If sequestration is imposed starting in fiscal 2016, Odierno said the Army will need to cut 60,000 soldiers after already eliminating 80,000 troops in recent years …

Courtney Becomes Top Democrat on House Seapower Panel

  • January 28, 2015
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Connecticut Rep. Joe Courtney (D) will serve as the ranking member on the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee in the 114th Congress, replacing Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) who retired, according to the full subcommittee roster released Wednesday. Courtney’s district includes Naval Submarine Base New London and the General Dynamics Electric Boat manufacturing facility in Groton, and the Coast Guard Academy in New London. One other Armed Services panel has a new ranking member, with Rep. Jackie Speier (Calif.) taking the top Democratic spot on the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee. Rep. Niki Tsongas (Mass.) had been the ranking member …

North Country Gears up for Army Town Hall

  • January 28, 2015
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Local leaders in northern New York are getting ready for the March 20 listening session with the Army intended to provide officials input about community support for Fort Drum before the service decides how to shrink its end strength by 70,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020. A media campaign to alert the public about the event will kick off next week, reported the Watertown Daily Times. On the day of the meeting, the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization is planning to hold a number of small-group events for visiting officials throughout the day highlighting the community’s links to the post across a number of services, including education and health care …

Commission Recommendations to Benefit Military Families

  • January 28, 2015
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Several recommendations from the congressionally established commission reviewing military compensation are expected to support military families, according to sources familiar with the final report. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission will recommend DOD build more child development centers on installations, a response to military families’ long-standing complaints about the lack of sufficient child care, reported Military Times. The commission reportedly will call for preserving existing commissary benefits, including selling items at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge …

Housing Partner to Expand Eligibility at Camp Lejeune

  • January 28, 2015
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Atlantic Marine Corps Communities is opening up family housing at Camp Lejeune, N.C., to military retirees, surviving spouses of active-duty and retired service members, and DOD employees and contractors. The move is intended to lower the housing project’s vacancy rate. Many installations across DOD have similarly opened their doors to residents who are not active-duty military personnel. “Lejeune is one of the last few installations that hasn’t opened to these categories until now,” Alanna King, marketing manager for Atlantic Marine, told the Jacksonville Daily News …

FY’16 Budget Request Would Offer Healthy Spending Growth for DOD

  • January 27, 2015
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The five-year spending plan the Defense Department plans to release next week along with its fiscal 2016 budget request will exceed the statutory spending caps by $150 billion, amounting to “little more than a wish list,” reported CQ. DOD will request $534 billion for its FY 2016 base budget, topping the 2011 Budget Control Act spending cap by almost $35 billion. The FY 2017 and 2018 budget projections would surpass the caps by $35 billion and $32 billion respectively, according to a source familiar with the proposal. The FY 2016 budget, after adding in the $52 billion the department is seeking for the overseas contingency operations account, represents a $15 billion jump over current year funding …

Race to Add Buffer Space Won’t Help a Base Make Its Case, Experts Say

  • January 27, 2015
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The pressure of a looming BRAC round has prompted many defense communities to expand buffer zones around local installations to protect them from encroachment, but the efforts likely won’t impress Pentagon officials developing closure recommendations, according to several experts. “I think it’s a misguided competition,” Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told the Pensacola News Journal. “A buffer zone may reduce noise complaints, but I don’t think it’s going to make a big difference to the DOD …

Number of Installations Relying on Automated Vetting Systems Grows

  • January 27, 2015
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Installations across all the services have been expanding the automated systems they rely on to conduct background checks on visitors by connecting them to one or more federal databases. Last August, DOD launched a screening system known as the Identity Matching Engine for Security and Analysis and is pushing for more installations to connect to it, reports Military Times. Installations also are starting to link their automated visitor vetting systems to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center Interstate Identification Index, a requirement under defense regulations on security access control. The Army is planning to implement its automated installation entry system at 25 installations by October …

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