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ADC Welcomes 2014 National Partners

  • January 9, 2014
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The Association of Defense Communities today announced the first five 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. The association will announce additional National Partners in the coming weeks. “Despite challenges facing defense contractors, support for ADC remains strong,” Tim Ford, CEO of ADC said. “I am proud that our partners represent the leaders in supporting communities and installation management issues …

Commission May Recommend Relaxing Barriers between Air Force Components

  • January 9, 2014
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In addition to the Obama administration’s fiscal 2015 budget request, another indicator early this year of possible changes in military force structure will be the final report of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force. The commission, charged with reviewing the appropriate balance between the Air Force’s regular and reserve components, has held numerous hearings and listened to suggestions such as combining the National Guard and Reserve, and moving much of the service’s infrastructure to the reserve component …

Army Names New Director to Energy Initiatives Group

  • January 9, 2014
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John Lushetsky, who has led the Army’s effort to implement large-scale renewable energy projects since 2011, is stepping down to return to the Department of Energy and will be replaced as executive director of the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) by Amanda Simpson, officials announced Thursday. Simpson, a presidential appointee, served as EITF deputy executive director for the past several months. Previously she was a special adviser to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology …

Appropriators Indicate Need for Stopgap Funding Bill to Buy Extra Days’ Time

  • January 9, 2014
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Congress likely will need to consider a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open past Jan. 15 as appropriators believe they will need several extra days to complete a 12-bill, $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the government through the end of fiscal 2014. Negotiators are expected to reach an agreement on the massive spending bill prior to the Jan. 15 expiration of the current CR, but the House and Senate will need several days to clear the legislation …

North Carolina Needs to Diversify Economies of Defense Communities, Official Says

  • January 8, 2014
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In anticipation of the significant changes coming to military installations in eastern North Carolina, state officials are considering investing in industries that won’t be affected by the defense drawdown. “We are trying to diversify the economy of eastern North Carolina and the whole state. We want to surround our military installations with business that will last as our situation ebbs and flows,” said Sharon Decker, the state’s secretary of commerce …

Developers Outline Vision for Reviving Connecticut Army Engine Site

  • January 8, 2014
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Developers plan a mix of residential and commercial uses, along with open space, at the former Stratford Army Engine Plant located at the mouth of the Housatonic River in Connecticut, they said at a press conference this week. The plan for the 77-acre site includes apartments, retail, restaurants, parks, and entertainment and educational facilities, with possible options including a town center, hotel and transit center …

Ft. Hood Airfield to Play Role in Texas Site for Testing Drones

  • January 8, 2014
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Robert Gray Army Airfield at Fort Hood is expected to conduct testing of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as part of the winning application from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi to host one of six national test sites for studying how to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace. Texas A&M University does not yet have a formal agreement with the post, but it is engaged in talks with the installation …

Army Looking at Options for Speeding Drawdown, Odierno Says

  • January 8, 2014
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After previously accelerating its plan to cut 80,000 soldiers and eliminate brigade combat teams (BCTs) at 10 U.S. posts to meet budget constraints, Army officials now are studying if the service’s forces can be cut further in a short timeframe. “We’re taking out about 20,000 a year. If I go higher than that, it costs me more to take them out, and so we start reducing the savings that we’re gaining from the people,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said during a speech at the National Press Club Tuesday. “So that’s the dilemma that we have …

Prospect for Stopgap Spending Bill Rises despite Progress on Crafting Omnibus

  • January 8, 2014
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Congressional appropriators continued to make progress Wednesday on resolving differences over funding and policy in the 12 bills needed to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. But with the Jan. 15 deadline for both chambers to clear a massive, $1.012 trillion spending package fast approaching, the likelihood is growing stronger that lawmakers will need to take up a short-term continuing resolution …

DOD Awards $16M Grants to Build Elementary Schools at Kansas, New Mexico Bases

  • January 8, 2014
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School districts in Albuquerque, N.M., and Junction City, Kan., will each receive $16 million grants from the Defense Department to replace elementary schools at neighboring military installations. Albuquerque Public Schools will receive $16.3 million to demolish and rebuild Wherry Elementary School located on Kirtland Air Force Base. Geary County Unified School District 475 will receive $16.1 million to build the new Fort Riley Elementary School …

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