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DOD Official Questions Contractors’ Optimistic Sales Forecasts

  • February 10, 2014
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The Pentagon’s acting industrial base chief expressed skepticism last week about the number of defense contractors predicting that the worst impacts from sequestration soon will be over, with the automatic cuts starting to ease in fiscal 2016. “We’re not sure at DoD that we quite see the budget environment quite that way,” Elana Broitman, acting deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing and industrial base policy, said during her remarks at the Cowen Aerospace/Defense & Transportation Conference. “If we don’t do anything that changes sequestration after fiscal year ’15, then we’re stuck with flat, no-inflation budgets which don’t take account of the new initiatives, new requirements, that need to be funded …

Defense Spending to Gain Upper Hand over Deficit Reduction in Long-Term Budget

  • February 10, 2014
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The fiscal 2015 budget request for the Pentagon is expected to adhere to the budget caps revised in last December’s budget agreement, but at the same time the White House is encouraging DOD to include a $26 billion “wish list” of unfunded priorities in the proposal scheduled to be released next month. The department’s FY 2015 base budget will be about $496 billion. However, White House officials were surprised by many of the cuts DOD included in its draft budget proposal, especially the elimination of one of the Navy’s aircraft carriers …

City Acts to Spur Development outside of Fort Polk

  • February 9, 2014
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The city of Leesville closed in on its goal of attracting commercial and residential development outside the gates of Fort Polk, after the city council last month approved an agreement allowing Leesville to acquire property needed for water infrastructure improvements along a highway and a proposed parkway connecting it to the post in west-central Louisiana. “The acquisition of water assets along La. 467 and the proposed parkway between La. 467 and La. 468 will bring us one step closer to creating a well-developed urban area just outside Fort Polk’s gates …

ADC Welcomes 2014 National Partners

  • February 9, 2014
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The Association of Defense Communities today announced the latest companies to become 2014 National Partners, the association’s annual sponsorship program that affords participants the opportunity to enhance their outreach to key defense community stakeholders and play a leadership role within ADC. These 12 companies join five others that previously committed to become annual sponsors …

Budget Cuts Require Balancing Act, Hagel Says; Work Nominated for Deputy Slot

  • February 9, 2014
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Short on specifics, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel emphasized the need to take “a holistic point of view” as Pentagon officials fine-tune the fiscal 2015 budget request. The key is to balance readiness, modernization and capability as planners look for places to trim about $41 million from the FY 2015 spending level the department envisioned one year ago, he told reporters Friday during a Pentagon press briefing. “Now, will there be cuts across the board? Of course there will. You can’t do it any other way. Are there going to be adjustments across the board? Of course …

DOD Reverses Proposal to Eliminate One Carrier

  • February 9, 2014
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A plan to shrink the Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers from 11 to 10 has been nixed due to congressional opposition. DOD officials planned to call for the retirement of the USS George Washington in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal as a belt-tightening move, but reversed course after a bipartisan group of lawmakers criticized the move, reported Stars and Stripes. In a bid to avoid an election year battle, the White House said it would provide extra funds to extend the life of the George Washington …

Air Force Secretary Embraces Thrust of Commission Report

  • February 9, 2014
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In comments Friday indicating the Air Force agrees with the major points of the final report of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, Secretary Deborah Lee James said the service plans to increase its dependence on its reserve components. “Going forward, there’s no doubt in my mind that our Air Force is going to rely more, not less, on our National Guard and Reserve forces,” James said, reported the Air Force News Service. “This makes sense from not only from a mission standpoint, but from an economic standpoint …

Nonprofit Group to Help Wounded Veterans Gain Independence

  • February 6, 2014
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Wounded Warrior Project has committed $30 million to two initiatives aimed at ensuring the most seriously wounded service members have the ability to live as rewarding and independent a life as possible. This year the organization is setting aside $10 million for 250 veterans with brain injuries, missing limbs and other potentially limiting injuries to achieve independence through additional medical care, therapy and assistance programs. About $20 million will be placed in a trust that will ensure independent living for 40 veteran families for at least 20 years …

Navy Postpones Move of Two Squadrons at NAS Oceana

  • February 6, 2014
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The Navy has postponed the relocation of two squadrons of F/A-18 Super Hornets from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., until at least 2016, a move that would have resulted in an estimated $42 million annual hit to the Hampton Roads economy. The squadrons initially were designated to be shifted to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., but in 2006 their destination was changed to the West Coast as part of the military’s pivot to Asia, reported the Virginian-Pilot. The fighter jets now are slated to move to Naval Air Station Lemoore in central California. The two squadrons are part of a total of 10 squadrons of Super Hornets that have been based at Oceana since 2008. The Navy has no plans to replace the two squadrons at Oceana after they move, according to the story.

Services Explore ‘MilGrids’ to Link Renewable Energy Assets

  • February 6, 2014
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Microgrids are the next piece in the puzzle as the military services strive to increase their reliance on renewable energy and improve their installations’ energy security, according to a commentary in Smart Grid News. “Renewables might be part of the solution, but now we are talking about “systems of systems” — command and control, storage, traditional backup generation, energy conservation, renewable energy, grid-connected vs islanded, market participation, etc.,” writes Stuart McCafferty, president of GridIntellect …

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