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Defense Communities 360 Headlines

DOD May Ask for $60B over Spending Caps for FY’16, Report Says

  • November 17, 2014
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The Defense Department’s base budget request for fiscal 2016 may exceed the Budget Control Act spending cap for that year by up to $60 billion, Defense News reported Sunday. In recent months senior officials have been saying that the FY 2016 budget would exceed that year’s $535 billion cap on defense, but the exact magnitude of the disparity had not been clear. But despite the Republican Party controlling the House and Senate next year, the prospects for Congress to offer the Pentagon relief from the stringent spending caps remain low, according to analysts as well as current and former lawmakers …

Workforce Group Inks Partnership with Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • November 17, 2014
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The Susquehanna Workforce Network last month signed a memorandum of understanding with Aberdeen Proving Ground intended to support personnel entering the civilian job market as well as people seeking employment at the northeastern Maryland installation. Both parties have worked in partnership for years, but a formal agreement was needed to comply with Army regulations, reported the Cecil Whig. “It truly is a win-win, because as an office of one, Susquehanna Workforce Network brings a lot of resources,” said Marilyn Howard, the employment manager for the Army Community Service’s Family Support Center. “They benefit by getting increased communication of what is going on at the installation …

Midterm Elections Sharpen House Republicans’ Approach to FY’15 Appropriations

  • November 16, 2014
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Since lawmakers returned to Washington last week from the campaign trail, the question facing House Republican leaders regarding fiscal 2015 appropriations has shifted from what funding mechanism they favor to keep the government running beyond Dec. 11 to whether they will embrace a conservative-led effort to confront President Obama over immigration and possibly trigger a shutdown. So far House leaders have encouraged Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) to produce an omnibus spending bill funding all federal agencies through next September that could be passed during the current lame duck session. Rogers and his Senate counterpart, Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), continue to negotiate a compromise spending package with a goal of finishing by the second week of December …

Army to Schedule Listening Sessions for Second Round of Troop Cuts

  • November 16, 2014
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The Army’s plan to shrink its active-duty end strength to 420,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020 will not require it to conduct an environmental impact statement, officials announced last week after concluding the realignment will not result in significant environmental impacts. The Army’s decision to issue a final “Finding of No Significant Impact” had been expected and means officials can begin to hold local community listening sessions to receive public input that will be considered when making force structure decisions. Officials also will rely on the analysis of environmental and socioeconomic impacts performed for the supplemental programmatic environmental assessment released in June to identify specific units and organizations that will be reduced in the upcoming years …

House Republicans Retain Earmark Ban

  • November 16, 2014
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House Republicans on Friday rejected a proposal to relax the conference’s earmark ban by allowing funds to be directed for specific projects to states, localities, public utilities and other public entities. The rules change, proposed by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), was rejected overwhelmingly, reported the Hill. “We had a very vigorous discussion. There’s no change in our policy; the ban stills exists,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) …

Air Force Unveils Vehicle-to-Grid Fleet at Los Angeles AFB

  • November 16, 2014
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The Air Force on Friday rolled out a fleet of 42 plug-in electric vehicles that will be used at Los Angeles AFB to demonstrate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. The fleet — which includes both electric and hybrid vehicles ranging from sedans to trucks and a 12-passenger van — has the capability to direct power to and from the electrical grid when the vehicles are not being driven. Bidirectional charging stations at the base can charge a vehicle from the local utility grid as well as discharge a vehicle’s onboard battery to support its V2G capability …

Pueblo Chemical Depot LRA Seeks Firm to Prepare Reuse, Homeless Assistance Plans

  • November 16, 2014
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The Pueblo (Colo.) Depot Activity Development Authority, now known as PuebloPlex, will issue a request for proposals for redevelopment planning services on Monday. As part of its duties under the Redevelopment Act for surplus property at the Pueblo Chemical Depot, PuebloPlex is seeking qualified organizations through an RFP for contractual consultant services to complete its redevelopment plan and homeless assistance submission …

New Neighborhood Set to Open at Hunters Point

  • November 16, 2014
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Before the end of winter, the first residents will begin moving into new homes at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in southeastern San Francisco. “It will be the next full neighborhood in San Francisco,” said Sheryl McKibben, sales agent for the development that Lennar Urban has named the San Francisco Shipyard. “Almost a city within a city,” she said. The first phase of building will result in 1,400 homes on 63 acres. When it is completed, the decades-long, multibillion-dollar redevelopment is slated to have 12,500 new homes and more than 4 million square feet of office, commercial and retail space. “People create these places,” Kofi Bonner, president of Lennar Urban, told NBC Bay Area. “We can’t wait to have families running around here.” Beginning next year, the Navy is planning to transfer other parts of the shipyard as they are cleaned up.

Deputy Defense Secretary Takes up the BRAC Mantle

  • November 14, 2014
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During remarks Wednesday focusing on the bind the Pentagon faces between stringent spending caps and a Congress unwilling to embrace the department’s belt-tightening reforms, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work believed there was an opening to make the case for a new round of base closures. “The first place we should look at is our basing infrastructure. The department spends about $55 billion annually to maintain, sustain, and protect its bases,” Work said during the Center for Strategic and International Studies Fifth Annual Global Security Forum. And with recent and planned cuts to the military’s force structure, DOD’s excess capacity, estimated at 24 percent, is only rising, he said …

House Republicans Split over Way Forward on FY’15 Spending

  • November 13, 2014
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Following a strategy meeting Thursday, the House GOP conference appeared divided over whether to pursue a fiscal 2015 omnibus spending bill or another short-term continuing resolution to keep the federal government open when the existing stopgap runs out Dec. 11. “I don’t think a full-year omnibus makes much sense, but there was no decision in there. Nobody wants a shutdown,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), adopting a stance popular among conservatives who would like to wait until the Republican Party controls both the House and Senate before making final decisions regarding FY 2015 spending …

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