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Window for Senate to Move Spending Bills is Running Out

  • July 7, 2014
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The Senate has four weeks before Congress’ August recess to regain momentum on the fiscal 2015 appropriations process and avoid the need to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government running past Sept. 30. No matter what, lawmakers will need to approve a stopgap funding bill to keep the doors open for most federal agencies at the start of the new fiscal year. But if Senate Republicans and Democrats can reach agreement on a small handful of next year’s appropriations bills, some agencies could get a full-year funding bill prior to Oct. 1 …

New Jersey Budgets $200K to Preserve Military Bases

  • July 6, 2014
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New Jersey’s fiscal 2015 budget includes $200,000 for local efforts to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Picatinny Arsenal ahead of a future BRAC round. With defense cuts a near certainty and base closures and realignments on the horizon, stakeholder groups had requested the funding after state support for the two installations had declined in recent years, reported the Brick Patch. “Thousands of military and civilian jobs depend on this joint operation and we cannot afford the same economic loss as when Fort Monmouth closed in 2011,” said state Assemblyman Dave Wolfe …

Once More unto the Breach: Central Louisiana Leaders Urge Support for Ft. Polk

  • July 6, 2014
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One year after a local outpouring of support for Fort Polk helped to bolster the post’s position amid an effort to trim the Army’s active-duty end strength to 490,000, area leaders again beseeched the public to act to prevent the installation from losing up to 60 percent of its personnel. “Last year, for the first time, we changed the perception of Fort Polk by the Army,” Michael Reese, chairman of Fort Polk Progress, said at a press conference Wednesday. The Army received about 4,300 responses from area residents last year during the public comment period as it assessed how to restructure its brigade combat teams …

Budget Constraints Should Force DOD to Focus on Primary Foes, CSIS Concludes

  • July 6, 2014
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With the Pentagon’s budget slated to drop 21 percent from 2012 to 2021, the military’s priority should be to modernize its existing forces and to ensure it maintains its technological superiority in preparation for a conflict with Russia or China, according to a new study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Preparing for a “great power conflict” would mean maintaining its nuclear triad of long-range bombers, submarines and intercontinental ballistic missiles. Such an approach also would call for an emphasis on special operations forces and heavy ground units, along with a focus on surveillance in air and space …

Timing of Next Steps in Army’s Basing Analysis Unclear

  • July 6, 2014
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After the Army makes a final determination as to whether a full-blown environmental impact statement is required as part of its evaluation of how it will shrink its active-duty end strength to 420,000 soldiers, it most likely will hold “listening sessions” in affected communities before making decisions regarding changes in force structure. At this point, however, it is too early to say when officials will hold sessions to gather input from local leaders in each of the 30 communities evaluated in the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment (SPEA) released last month …

Editor’s Note: Happy July 4th!

  • July 2, 2014
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360 wishes all of its readers a joyous July 4th! The next issue will be delivered Monday, July 7.

Fort Hood Family Housing to Inject $69M into On-Post Housing

  • July 2, 2014
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Lend Lease will reinvest $69 million to renovate and replace existing housing at Fort Hood, Texas, that was not included in the privatization project’s initial development period, which ended in 2006. Fort Hood Family Housing, the partnership created between Lend Lease and the Army, last week said it planned to convert 172 duplex-style homes into 86 single-family homes and perform significant utility infrastructure upgrades throughout the West Chaffee Village neighborhood …

Illinois Law Eases School Transition for Military Families

  • July 2, 2014
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Legislation signed into law last week by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) will make it easier for the children of military families to transfer into Illinois schools following a military reassignment. “When a military family has to pick up and move to Illinois, we need to make sure the process is worry-free, especially when it comes to enrolling in a new school,” Quinn said in a written statement. “This new law will ensure that our children of military parents are supported during the school transfer process so they can join their new classmates without delay …

National Army Museum Opening Delayed until 2018

  • July 1, 2014
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The opening date for the National Museum of the U.S. Army, slated to occupy 41 acres at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia, has been pushed back to 2018 as organizers strive to raise more funds for the effort. So far the Army Historical Foundation has raised $81million, but the group needs $33 million more before it can break ground on the project, reports Army Times. At that point the federal government will release $25 million authorized for site preparation …

Clarksville Leaders Pledge Unified Effort to Stave off Force Reductions

  • July 1, 2014
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Leaders in Middle Tennessee are vowing to pull together to head off the potential loss of one-half of the military and civilian personnel at Fort Campbell, following last week’s release of an Army analysis of the economic impacts associated with eliminating 70,000 active-duty soldiers across the service. For Fort Campbell, the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment considers a reduction of up to 15,221 soldiers and 779 civilians. The post currently hosts a population of 32,281 personnel …

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